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Rakesh Kumar replaced

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New Delhi, Apr 18 (UNI) Senior External Affairs Ministry official Rakesh Kumar, who is facing a CBI inquiry for alleged involvement in human trafficking to Germany, has been ''divested'' of charge as Special Secretary in the Ministry and another senior official named as his replacement, official sources said here today.

Mr Rinzing Wangdi, a 1971 batch IFS officer, took charge as Secretary (Economic Relations) yesterday, the sources added.

The sources said that technically, naming a person to repalace him would automatically mean that he had been divested of his charge. ''There is some technicality involved,'' the sources said but did not elaborate.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of Mr Kumar, a 1972 batch IFS officer, were still not known. However, some reports said he had gone Rishikesh to ''recuperate'' following the controversy.

Mr Rakesh Kumar was named by the CBI for allegedly being involved in human trafficking after nine members of a musical troupe that he sent to Berlin went missing.

Mr Kumar had sent the musical troupe to Germany during his tenure as Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Mr Kumar who was in Brazil when the matter came to light, did not return home and instead, got himself admitted to a hospital in Munich.

He has been untraceable since then.

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