ibnlive » India

Jan 18, 2011 at 11:13pm IST

Govt calls Anil Verma back, promises action

New Delhi: Facing mounting criticism over diplomat Anil Verma, accused of wife beating in London, the Government on Tuesday came out promising tough action if an enquiry finds him guilty.

Officials have told CNN-IBN that, Verma will now return to India next week.

Days after the story broke; the diplomat accused of having assaulted his wife in London is now packing to return. officials confirm that 1989 batch IAS officer Anil Verma, who was the Economic Councilor at the Indian High Commission, will face a full enquiry when he returns home next week.

"I have taken a look at the UK case. And if a man holding an administrative post does such a thing then he should be punished," said Krishna Tirath.

The Verma case has caused the Government immense embarrassment with the British Foreign office calling for his diplomatic immunity to be revoked.

Stung by criticism it was trying to protect a diplomat accused of domestic violence the Government has taken a tough stand on Verma. But action against him really depends on where, when and if his wife decides to press charges.

As the Ministry of External Affairs, the Commerce Ministry, and the DoPT passed the buck on who is responsible for taking action. Also under the scanner is the role of the Dy High Commissioner, who is accused of pressuring Paromita Verma to withdraw her charges.

"Once the officer is back, the matter will be thoroughly investigated and acted upon appropriately," said MEA Spokesperson Vishnu Prakash.

The High commission had encouraged both sides to resolve their marital issues between them.

Far from being resolved, Paromita Verma, herself a railway officer, has gone into hiding with their son, citing a threat to her life.

And for the Government, the added complication could spell more embarrassment.