Indian HC ‘posted back’ from NZ for ‘assault charges’

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New Delhi: The Indian High Commissioner in New Zealand Ravi Thapar has been “posted back” to New Delhi following allegations that his wife had assaulted a staff member and a detail investigation is being carried out into the matter, the External Affairs Ministry reported on Saturday. The action has been taken based on report of a team sent to New Zealand last month by the Ministry to conduct an independent inquiry following the allegations.

The victim, believed to be a chef, had walked 20 kms one night from the diplomat’s residence to Wellington where he was found by member of a public in a distress state.He was then taken to police station and later spent several nights at Wellington Night Shelter. He alleged that he was kept in slavery and was assaulted by Sharmila, the High Commissioner’s wife, New Zealand media reports said.

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External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the issue was first brought to the Ministry’s notice on May 10 when one of the Service Staff Members of the High Commission was found missing. “Though no charges were pressed by the Service Staff member, the Ministry will investigate the matter further. The High Commissioner has been posted back to Headquarters,” he said.

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