New Delhi: According to sources it was announced on Sunday that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is actively cooperating with investigative authorities following the detention of an employee from the Indian embassy in Moscow by the Uttar Pradesh police. The employee, Satendra Siwal hailing from Shahmahiuddinpur village in Hapur district Uttar Pradesh was taken into custody by the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) in Lucknow after questioning.
The MEA has acknowledged the arrest of Satendra Siwal, who held the position of Security Assistant at the embassy in Moscow. A source stated that "MEA continues to collaborate with authorities regarding this matter."
As per a statement from UP ATS Siwal is facing charges related to involvement with Pakistans intelligence agency ISI. This has resulted in the filing of an FIR against him at ATS police station in Lucknow. The charges include Section 121A of IPC (waging war, against the country) and violations of Official Secrets Act.
Satendra Siwal was employed as a Multi Tasking Staff (MTS) at MEA.
—Input from Agencies