‘PM supervised all developments’: Centre after Qatar frees 8 Navy veterans

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After the release of eight Navy veterans by Qatar, the government said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi "constantly supervised" efforts to bring them back.

Qatar releases Navy veterans

New Delhi: Former Indian naval personnel, who were jailed and handed down death sentences in a case of suspected espionage in Qatar, arrive in India following their release. (Source: PTI)

India Today News Desk

New Delhi,UPDATED: Feb 12, 2024 16:14 IST

After the release of eight Navy veterans by Qatar on Monday, the government said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi "constantly supervised" efforts to bring them back home.

While speaking to reporters on Monday, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said, "We are grateful for their return. We deeply appreciate the decision of Qatar's government and the Amir to release them. We are happy to have seven of those Indian nationals back. The 8th Indian national has also been released, and we continue to work with the Qatar government to see how quickly his return to India would be possible. The Prime Minister has himself personally constantly supervised all the developments in this case and has never shied away from any initiatives that would ensure the return of Indian nationals back home."

Qatar released eight former Indian Navy personnel who were detained in the Gulf country in an alleged case of espionage on Monday, marking a major diplomatic victory for India.

All eight veterans, except one, reached New Delhi on Monday morning, ending 18 months of legal battles and diplomatic efforts.

The eight Indian Navy officials which were incarcerated in Qatar are: Captain Navtej Singh Gill, Captain Birendra Kumar Verma, Captain Saurabh Vasisht, Commander Amit Nagpal, Commander Purnendu Tiwari, Commander Sugunakar Pakala, Commander Sanjeev Gupta, and Sailor Ragesh.

WHAT WAS THE CASE ABOUT?

The Indian nationals, who worked with Dahra Global, were arrested in August 2022 in an alleged case of espionage. Neither the Qatari authorities nor New Delhi made the charges against the Indian nationals public, given the sensitivity of the matter.

The Navy veterans were awarded death sentences by Qatar's Court of First Instance on October 26, 2023. India described the ruling as "deeply" shocking and vowed to explore all legal options in the case.

In December last year, a Qatari court reversed the death penalty of the eight Indian Navy veterans who were arrested in the Dahra Global case. The death sentence was reduced to jail terms.

This came after Qatar's Court of First Instance accepted an appeal filed by the Indian government against the death sentence awarded to the Navy veterans.

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Poorva Joshi

Published On:

Feb 12, 2024

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