A German court has sentenced an Indian couple after they admitted to spying on Kashmiri and Sikh groups for the Indian foreign intelligence service.
Court documents said the couple, named only as Manmohan S and his wife Kanwal Jit K, were paid more than €7,000 for passing on information.
Manmohan S was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence for espionage while his wife received a hefty fine.
The court in Frankfurt was told that Manmohan S, 51, was recruited by the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s intelligence agency, in 2015 and asked to spy on Kashmiri opposition groups.
“The accused reported on the internal affairs of the Sikh temples in Cologne and Frankfurt, as well as on protest events in the Sikh community,” a court statement said.
He attended regular meetings with an Indian intelligence officer from July 2017 and was paid €200 a month for the information he provided.
Kanwal Jit K accompanied him to the meetings, the court said.
The couple have a week to appeal against the court’s decision.
Jammu and Kashmir a territory that both India and Pakistan claim to be theirs fought have fought two wars over the region. While, India defeated Sikh insurgency in the 1980’s but India has remained alert over militancy within the community ever since.