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IFS official questioned by CBI

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New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) Indian Foreign Service official Rakesh Kumar, allegedly involved in human trafficking, was today questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Kumar, summoned by the CBI, appeared for interrogation at 1015 hrs, according to official sources.

The questioning lasted for several hours, sources added.

Kumar Special Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, had arrived in India some days back and gone to Rishikesh despite a notice by the CBI to appear before it for questioning into his alleged involvement into the 'disapearance' of nine people from the troupe of 15 which went to Berlin in 2005.

Kumar was Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) when the troupe had gone to Berlin Germany last year.

The official 'surfaced' in Delhi yesterday and informed the CBI of his availibility in 'cooperating with the agency' in the matter.

His name cropped up after one Shiv Kumar Sharma was questioned in connection with alleged trafficking of people.

The CBI had served two notices on Kumar earlier, along with a third one yesterday, in connection with the case.

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