An Indian ambassador Sanjiv Arora is under an official probe — a rare event in the foreign service, and even more unusually, the charges are ‘lack of integrity’, something senior service members are rarely accused of.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has started a probe against Sanjeev Arora, India’s ambassador to Qatar, for alleged financial impropriety and ‘lack of integrity’. The charges relate to Arora’s activities as India’s consul general in Houston, Texas, US.
ET has reviewed documents related to the MEA probe. Officials who spoke for this report did not want to be identified. Arora responded to ET’s questions by saying he “was not aware of any financial misappropriation” during his stint in Houston.
MEA served a memorandum to Arora on March 22. The memo said Arora, as consul general in Houston, generated “fictitious vouchers… with his (Arora’s) approval as the Head of Chancery (HoC)”. Officials said the memo is the first step in the inquiry process and that the officer’s reply is now being assessed.