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Madhuri Gupta, a former Indian diplomat and alleged agent of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), was granted bail by a Delhi court Tuesday in a conspiracy and spying case.

Gupta, 53, a second secretary at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, was arrested April 27, 2010, on charges of passing on information to the Pakistani intelligence agency.

Additional Sessions Judge Pawan Kumar Jain granted her bail on a personal bond of Rs.25,000 and surety of same amount.

On Jan 7, the court charged Gupta with spying under sections 3 and 5 of the Official Secrets Act and also section 120 B of the Indian Penal Code for criminal conspiracy. The trial would begin March 22.

The court allowed her bail after accepting the plea that being a woman she deserved leniency.

Gupta in her plea said that she had already spent 21 months in jail while the maximum imprisonment for charges against her was three years.

The court directed her not to leave Delhi without its permission and not to try and influence witnesses.



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