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* India dismisses alleged role of RAW agency's spy in former Sri Lankan President's defeat
Sun, Jan 18, 2015, 09:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 18, New Delhi: India today dismissed the reports of an alleged role of an Indian spy in the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's defeat at the January 8 presidential election.

A Reuter's news report quoting unnamed political and intelligence sources said Sri Lanka expelled the Colombo station chief of India's spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in the run-up to the presidential election accusing him of helping the opposition oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Speaking at the media briefing after the meeting between the External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera and his India counterpart Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi today, spokesperson of India's External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said the transfer of the RAW station chief was a normal procedure.

He said all officials are posted on overseas assignments for three years and when their terms end they are recalled.

"Postings and transfers are in the public domain. When Indian diplomats go to Sri Lanka, dates are announced. The normal tenure of an Indian diplomat in Sri Lanka is three years and all officials who have been transferred during the last year have completed that. It's a normal transfer," Syed Akbaruddin told the media.

Reuter's report said several sources in both Colombo and New Delhi said India was asked to recall the RAW agent in December for helping gather support for joint opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena after persuading him to ditch Rajapaksa's cabinet.

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