Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Dec 29:
Union Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sought a report from Odisha Government over the Narges K Ashtari case where the Rayagada SDJM court on December 5 sentenced the Iranian born British citizen to one-year in prison after convicting her on charges of kidnapping a child.
Union Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter this evening to confirm the news.
“I have asked for a report from Government of Odisha reg the case of Narges K Ashtari. @BorisJohnson @JZarif @skumarifs89,” tweeted Sushma where British Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran Javad Zarif and Indian diplomat in Iran Saurabh Kumar were marked.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 29, 2016
It may be mentioned here that several differently-abled children used to reside at Prishan Foundation of Rayagada run by Narges. Among her employees was Peter Jilakar who served there as a watchman. Besides, Peter’s son Aseem used to live at the Foundation’s premises.
According to reports, misfortune struck back in November 2014, when Nargis along with other inmates of the Foundation took visually impaired Aseem to the outskirts of Rayagada town for a picnic. Aseem fell into the river and was killed while crossing the Nagavali river on a hanging bridge.
Aseem’s father-Peter had lodged a complaint with the police against Narges and Foundation’s Secretary Jewel Raju Gupta following the incident.
Even though the court sentenced Narges K Ashtari to one year in prison and ordered payment of compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the child’s family, it acquitted Jewel Raju Gupta, a co-accused in the case for lack of evidence.