Two former chiefs of India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) had “put their foot down against recruiting” Kulbushan Jadhav for “operations in Pakistan,” a media report said Friday.
Pakistan claims Jadhav is a RAW agent and was arrested from its Balochistan province. He was sentenced to death by a military court on charges of espionage and terrorism. India maintains Jadhav , a “former naval officer-turned-businessman,” was “abducted” by Pakistan from Iran.
According to report in the Indian news website ‘The Quint’, two former RAW senior officers, including one secretary who headed India’s external intelligence agency after 2008, said that the “proposal to recruit Jadhav for operations, whatever it’s worth, was ridiculous.”
“Even as two RAW secretaries refused to hire his services, the proposal to recruit Jadhav for specific assignments was finally acceded to by a chief who headed the intelligence agency a few years ago and was subsequently re-employed (after retirement) in an organisation also involved in collecting intelligence,” the report says.
(Update: The Quint has retracted the story, saying it is “rechecking some of the information” mentioned in the article)