U.S. journalist Seymour Hersh alleged that former Prime Minister Morarji Desai was a CIA mole. However, this allegation cannot be verified.
Henry Kissinger said a person in Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's cabinet used to inform the cabinet news to the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA). He claimed that a mole was selling confidential information to the CIA, while he was an official in the Indian government during the Johnson and Nixon administration period. Desai was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in Indira Gandhi's cabinet until 1969, but Hersh's allegations wrongly pointed to Desai as a member of Gandhi's cabinet in 1971.
Jack Anderson's papers and those published by the United States State Department stated that the mole existed in Indira's cabinet, but he was not officially identified. The mole's identity was not a secret, but he was not formally identified, and Mrs.Gandhi did not punish him.
When the CIA published the papers, the mole's name was deleted. Kissinger said it was part of a contract with the then CIA director that they would never request the identity of the agency's moles. Morarji's name was not officially acknowledged, but up to the current time, there have only been speculations about the informer.