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Ansari exposed RAW in Iran, connived with SAVAK: Former sleuths

NK Sood wondered why Hamid Ansari was made the VP for two consecutive terms despite the UPA government knowing what he had done in Iran

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New Delhi: Former Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) officer NK Sood has made a startling allegation against former diplomat and Vice President Hamid Ansari, saying that the latter had exposed the R&AW setup in Tehran. The security of members of India’s external intelligence agency was thus compromised, claimed Sood.

Sood wondered why Ansari was made the Vice President for two consecutive terms (despite the then government knowing what the diplomat had done in Iran?).

Sood said he had brought the matter to the notice of then opposition leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who relayed the message to then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao who did nothing about it.

Further, Sood made a claim that was endorsed by his contemporaries in the R&AW.

Following this revelation of June-end, which caught media attention not before 6 July, several retired R&AW officers demanded an inquiry into the whereabouts of Ansari at the time when he was posted in Iran, reports The Sunday Guardian. “They now hope,” reads the report by Abhinandan Mishra, “that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get into the truth of the entire matter. These officers, who were posted in Tehran during Ansari’s tenure, had first approached the PM in August 2017…”

The former sleuths claim that, while being posted in Tehran, Ansari “not only failed to protect India’s national interest, but cooperated with the Iranian government and its intelligence agency SAVAK to cause serious dent to R&AW and its operations.”

According to them, says The Sunday Guardian, there were four major incidents when Indian Embassy officials, diplomats were kidnapped by SAVAK and Ansari deliberately failed in his duties to protect India’s interest.

According to Sood, Rattan Sehgal, additional director, IB, was caught passing on sensitive documents to CIA in 1996. He was allowed to resign and go to the US. He also falsely implicated Nambi Narayanan in the infamous ISRO spy case. Sehgal was close to Ansari. The former sabotaged R&AW operations when he was joint secretary (personnel) in the Ministry of External Affairs. He tweeted this on 8 July.

Sood had retired from the R&AW in 2010. He was posted in Tehran when Ansari was serving as the Indian Ambassador to Iran.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy reacted to Sood’s tweet, saying “Ansari was Communist’s candidate and UPA backed him.”

Ansari had joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1961. He served in Iraq, Morocco, Belgium and Saudi Arabia. He served also as the Indian Ambassador to the UAE (1976-1980), Australia (1985–1989), Afghanistan (1989–1990), Iran (1990–1992), and Saudi Arabia (1995–1999).

After his Iran posting, Ansari served as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from 1993 to 1995.

Sood’s allegation adds to the long list of instances when India’s foreign intelligence network lay exposed by the handiwork of India’s own government servants. Then Indian prime minister Morarji Desai had, in a telephonic conversation, revealed details of the R&AW network in Pakistan to Zia-ul-Haq. Besides, the Gujral Doctrine is widely believed to be behind the dismantling of the R&AW network in that country.

Gujral wanted India to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of its neighbouring countries. His act of bending over backward for peace made R&AW lose its ability to gather intelligence inputs from the neighbour that is arguably the most hostile towards India. This country paid a heavy price for it barely a year after Gujral demitted office in the Kargil War of 1999.

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