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Sacked high commissioner to return to India – lawyer

23 April 2006

Sacked Indian High Commissioner Harish Dogra has finally decided to return to India where he is likely to face action for defying the government.

Mr Dogra’s lawyer Sanchit Sahajpal told The Press Trust of India (PTI) his client would return to India.

Mr Sahajpal, who has filed an application before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) challenging Mr Dogra’s recall, ruled out the diplomat seeking asylum in New Zealand.

He declined to give a time frame for Mr Dogra’s return.

Mr Dogra’s wife Neeta and son, who has some business interests in New Zealand, have decided to settle in the country and were applying for visas, Mr Sahajpal said.

Mr Dogra was sacked after rejecting a recall order and demanding the resignation of Indian Foreign Secretary Shayam Saran.

The row followed months of controversy about the quality of the High Commission’s service and complaints from some sections of the Indian community.

The allegations included a claim that a staff member had left Cabinet Minister Phil Goff’s passport unattended for two days.