16 June, 2021

Official's Secret Acts

Colombo was just the latest of Ravi Nair's sex capers. RAW knew of more.

Official's Secret Acts

Those who knew of him believed Ravi Nair, senior intelligence man, lived a charmed life. An officer at the joint secretary level in the Research and Analysis Wing, Nair wangled plum postings, allegedly pocketed secret funds, was involved in several suspicious liaisons with women and, despite adverse notings from his seniors, managed to survive. However, Nair's luck finally ran out last week when embarrassed RAW officials were left with no other option but to recall him from Colombo. Feedback from the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka had it that the 1975 batch Research and Analysis Service (RAS) cadre officer was "involved" with a woman allegedly planted by the Chinese intelligence to entrap him. Tipped off, New Delhi wanted Nair out of Colombo in double quick time.

But how did Nair manage to hoodwink the system for so long? Insiders say it's courtesy a godfather he has in Shankaran Nair, the second RAW chief, and high connections in Delhi. Also the fact that RAW is slow and selective in conducting probes against erring officials....

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