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India dismisses reports of expulsion of RAW official in Colombo

Reports from Colombo said that the Sri Lankan Government had asked India to recall the official in December for allegedly helping gather support for joint opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena who won the polls. “The normal tenure of an Indian diplomat in Sri Lanka is three years and all officials who have been transferred during last year have completed that. Its a normal transfer.

“Do not read anything into it unless somebody stands up and says ‘yes’. Using unnamed sources is just hiding behind and obscuring the truth,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said here. Rubbishing the reports, he further said, “If somebody has proof otherwise, I would stand ready to contest that.

Otherwise take my view as the last word on that.”  Asked specifically whether he has denied the report, the Spokesperson replied in affirmative. Sources said the RAW official had completed his three-year tenure in Sri Lanka in September last year.Sirisena had trounced Mahinda Rajapaksa in the tightest-ever presidential contest on January 8, ending his 10-year-rule.
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