India denies Surjeet was its spy

We deny it because we do not do this kind of thing, claims Indian home secretary.


Afp June 29, 2012

NEW DELHI: India on Friday denied that an Indian man freed after serving three decades in a Pakistani jail on espionage charges was a spy working for New Delhi.

The denial came even though the released prisoner, Surjeet Singh, 69, had told Indian media on Thursday that he was spying for India when he was arrested by Pakistani authorities in the 1980s.

Singh, who was sentenced to death after being convicted by a Pakistani court on spying charges, returned to India on Thursday after being freed.

"We do not accept this (that Singh was a spy). It is completely wrong," Indian Home Secretary RK Singh told a news conference in New Delhi.

"We deny it (because) we do not do this kind of thing," he said in response to reporters' questions about whether the freed man worked for government agencies.

"Neither do we do spying, nor we send spies," the home secretary added.

The two Singhs are not related.

Surjeet Singh had told Indian reporters after returning home that he had gone to Pakistan for "spying" and named the Research and Analysis Wing, India's espionage agency, as his paymaster.

In April 2011, Gopal Das, one of Pakistan's longest-serving Indian prisoners, was released after Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari intervened in his case.

Upon his release, Das admitted he was an Indian spy and lashed out at the Indian authorities for abandoning him during his 23 years in jail.

COMMENTS (65)

Plal | 9 years ago | Reply

It was decided during Prime Minister ship of Mr Indra Kumar Gujral that RAW will not employ any agent in neighboring country for spying and so today RAW does not have any agent but they are using small time ruffians , who do some business across the border by providing some small concession for intelligence gathering.So when Indian Home Secretary who is not a Politician is saying that they are not sending spy then he must be right.Pakistan has been accusing India on Baluchistan but why Pakistan have not produced someone like India has done in case of Ajmal Kasab.

BlackJack | 9 years ago | Reply

@Zeta: We are not to blame if you make fool of yourself for not having a proper knowledge. He was convicted spy and was on death row. Zardari changed his death sentence into life sentence which was completed. One would assume that when you set out to ridicule someone's knowledge of events in Pakistan, yours wouldn't be so poor. Surjeet's sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by Ghulam Ishaque Khan around 20 years back. Zardari had nothing to do with his release as he had completed his sentence.

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