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Indian Diplomat Charged With Spying for Pakistan

Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Madhuri Gupta (R) is escorted after making an appearance at Tis Hazari Court in New Delhi (file photo - 1 May 2010)

An Indian diplomat has been formally charged with spying for India's longtime rival Pakistan.

Officials say Madhuri Gupta was charged Tuesday under the Official Secrets Act. She is alleged to have passed classified information to Pakistan's intelligence agency.

The 53-year-old junior diplomat worked at the press and information wing of the Indian embassy in Islamabad for three years. Gupta was taken into custody in April after being called back to New Delhi on the pretext of consultations.

Tensions run deep between India and Pakistan, whose dispute over Kashmir has led to decades of hostility and triggered three wars.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.