27 Indian diplomats under government scanner

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New Delhi, June 29: At least 27 Indian diplomats posted in various countries are facing charges related to corruption, harassment and dereliction of duty over the last year, media reported.

Out of total 27 diplomats, five are posted in Indian missions in the UK, five in Madagascar, three each in Kazakhstan and Kenya, two each in Botswana and Mali, and one each in Afghanistan, Austria, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands and Thailand, reported the Sunday Express. [India recalls envoy to New Zealand after wife accused of assaulting staff]

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Ravi Thapar, Indian High Commissioner in New Zealand was recalled last week after alleged assault charges were labelled against his wife Sharmila Thapar.

Read More: New Zealand: Indian High Commissioner rejects assault claim

According to reports, the victim believed to be a chef was kept in slavery and was assaulted by Sharmila.

The list of 27 diplomats for 2014-15 is almost thrice that of 2013-14 (10), and over four times more than that of 2012-13 (six).

New Zealand incident was reported after the much talked about incident involving Devyani Khobragade in US. India's then deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade was arrested in the US on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny.

There was also an outrage over her being arrested and strip-searched in December 2013.

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