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KARLSRUHE – An Indian couple accused of spying on Germany’s Sikh community and Kashmir movement was charged with espionage, German prosecutors announced on Tuesday.

The suspects were named as 50-year-old Manmohan S. and his wife Kanwal Jit K., 51; they were spying for India’s spy agency and full names have not been revealed by the officials.

“Manmohan S. agreed by January 2015 at the latest to provide information about Germany’s Sikh community and Kashmir movement and their relatives to an employee of the Indian foreign intelligence service Research & Analysis Wing,” the prosecutors confirmed in a statement.

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Kanwal Jit K. joined his husband in monthly meetings with the Indian intelligence officer between July and December 2017, and in total the couple were paid 7,200 euros ($8,100 approx) for their work which finally caught the attention of the law enforcers.

The charges were laid on March 28, however, federal prosecution service publicised the development on Tuesday.

The charges can carry up to 10 years’ jail in serious cases.