Diplomat investigated over human trafficking

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3 April 2006, NEW DELHI - India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has seized documents and cash in raids from the residence of a top Indian diplomat under investigation for alleged trafficking of people to Germany, it was reported Saturday.

3 April 2006

NEW DELHI - India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has seized documents and cash in raids from the residence of a top Indian diplomat under investigation for alleged trafficking of people to Germany, it was reported Saturday.

The CBI claimed to have made a "substantial" recovery of cash and documents during the raid Friday on the New Delhi residence of Rakesh Kumar, a special secretary in India's External Affairs Ministry, the Asian Age reported.

The paper said Kuma faces charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery in connection with a case pertaining to the trafficking of nine persons to Berlin during his tenure as the chief of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) last year.

According to the CBI, the accused fraudulently empanelled a dance troupe with the ICCR and then sent them to Germany using false documents in September 2005. Nine of the 15 troupe members disappeared from their hotel soon after their arrival in Berlin.

Another official of the ICCR and two other persons have been named by the CBI in the case.

The investigating agency is expected to question the officials shortly.

DPA

Subject: German news

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