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India Recalls New Zealand Envoy Ravi Thapar Over ‘Staff Assault’ Case

The ugly row over an Indian envoy’s wife has forced the Ministry of External Affairs recalling the high commissioner to New Zealand, Ravi Thapar, when his wife was accused of assaulting a staffer.

“Though no charges were pressed by the service staff member, the ministry will investigate the matter further. The high commissioner has been posted back to headquarters,” foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

The person assaulted was a chef in the envoy’s house and he was found wandering 20 km away from the embassy and handed over to the police but he declined to file a case that triggered in headlines back home and the ministry was quick to recall the high commissioner Ravi thapar.

“The external affairs ministry is seized of this matter. It was first brought to the notice of the ministry on May 10, 2015 when one of the service staff members of the high commission in New Zealand was found missing,” Swarup said. The chef returned to India on May 28.

A removal van was seen at Thapar’s Wellington home on Saturday morning and Sharmila Thapar refused to answer questions when approached by journalists.

A New Zealand foreign ministry (MFAT) spokesperson confirmed that the matter will not be taken up as the staff member had independent legal representation and decided to return to India.

Thapar was posted to New Zealand in December 2013 and denied the allegations that his wife was an “experienced diplomatic spouse” not to assault an “able-bodied man”. He brushed aside the entire fiasco as a concocted story by the chef to return home.

Sharmila Thapar, the wife of High Commissioner Ravi Thapar, was alleged to have assaulted the cook.  (Photo: Facebook)

Sharmila Thapar, the wife of High Commissioner Ravi Thapar, was alleged to have assaulted the cook. (Photo: Facebook)

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