The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday said the Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand Ravi Thapar has been recalled to the Headquarters in the national capital, following allegations that his wife assaulted a domestic help who worked in their kitchen.
“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,” MEA official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
In a statement issued by the Ministry, he said: “We have seen media reports involving our High Commissioner in New Zealand. 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, New Zealand was found missing. The High Commission immediately informed both New Zealand Police and Foreign Office.”
“The New Zealand authorities reverted with the information that the Service Staff Member presented himself to the New Zealand Police on May 11, 2015 and made certain allegations. Ministry takes all such cases very seriously,” he added.
Swarup also said that a team was deputed from headquarters to New Zealand to ascertain the facts and conduct an independent inquiry.
“The team liaised with the New Zealand authorities to resolve the matter. The team also facilitated the return of the Service Staff member who wanted to return to India. He returned on May 28, 2015,” he said.
According to reports in the New Zealand media, the staff member, who had managed to walk out of the Thapar residence at night, had told the police that he was assaulted by the High Commissioner’s wife.