43 officials in Indian missions face action

The government is taking action on complaints against 43 officials of Indian diplomatic missions in 17 countries facing a variety of charges including corruption and dereliction of duty, top External Affairs Ministry sources said on Sunday.

“Action is being taken in all 43 cases as per established procedure,” MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup said.

Some of the complaints were against low-ranking officials and locally hired staff. “The Ministry takes seriously any complaint that it receives about the performance of its missions and posts abroad,” Mr. Swarup told PTI from Bangkok where he is accompanying External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The recall of India’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Ravi Thapar following accusations of his wife assaulting a domestic help has brought the focus back on the conduct of the country’s diplomats posted abroad.

As per official figures, six complaints against officials in Indian missions were received in 2012, 10 in 2013 and 27 in 2014.

A maximum of eight complaints each have been received from the missions in the U.K. and in Madagascar in the last three years.

Complaints have also been received against Indian Embassy staff in Afghanistan, Austria, Canada, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Botswana, Thailand, Zambia, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, South Africa and Mali.

A chef at the Indian High Commission in New Zealand had last month alleged he was kept in slavery and was assaulted by Sharmila Thapar, wife of Ravi Thapar, following which the External Affairs Ministry sent a team to conduct an inquiry.

The High Commissioner was recalled based on the inquiry report.

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