Samajwadi Party's Rajya Sabha MP Munawwar Saleem on Saturday denied on Saturday that he was aware of his personal assistant Farhat's involvment in espionage activities.
Farhat was arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the spy racket in which Pakistan high commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar was allegedly involved.
"I was not aware of Farhat's activities. Farhat was hired 11 months ago after thorough check by the RS secretariate," Saleem said adding that people involved in anti-national activities should be dealt with strictly.
A video released on Saturday showed Akhtar talking about Farhat, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, during his interrogation in the case.
Hours after India declared a Pakistan High Commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar as persona non-grata for espionage activities, Ministry of
External affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup revealed Akhtar was caught by Delhi Police with sensitive defence documents includingdeployment details of BSF along the Indo-Pak border.
Akhtar was asked to leave India within 48 hours.