An intelligence official from the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency, posted at the embassy in Beijing is being recalled for his alleged links with a Chinese language teacher.Manmohan Sharma, who was posted in Beijing a year back, will be returning to headquarters shortly. A departmental inquiry has been initiated.”We will find out if there has been any misdemeanour on his part and get to the bottom of this sensitive matter,” highly placed government sources told IANS. “In the meantime we have called him back.”
Sharma’s alleged liaison with his Chinese teacher came to light in February and in the last few months had caused embarrassment to embassy officials and also visiting officials from New Delhi.
“The matter was brought to the notice of the ambassador as well but there was one incident recently that precipitated his recall,” admitted a senior government official, refusing to divulge details of the episode. This is not the first time that a RAW official has been called back because of these reasons.