US to proceed with prosecution of Indian diplomat

121213Khobragade4shThe U.S. is proceeding with the prosecution of senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade and has no intention to withdraw the case of visa fraud against her.

U.S. sources in New York said on Monday that more evidence was being gathered against the 39-year-old diplomat before the indictment is filed. The deadline for indictment is January 13.

There is no question of apology to India over the arrest of Ms. Khobragade, the then Deputy Consul General of India, in New York on December 12, which has led to strong protests by the Indian government and widespread indignation in India.

The Indian government has demanded withdrawal of the case and an apology for the treatment meted out to the diplomat.

The sources said that the U.S. government intended to proceed with the prosecution of Ms. Khobragade. The indictment will be brought, they emphasized.

They said that everything with regard to the Indian diplomat had been done by the book and that there was no nefarious motive.

The sources replied in the negative when asked if Ms. Khobragade, who has been transferred from the Indian Consulate to the country’s mission to the U.N. subsequent to her arrest, enjoyed full diplomatic immunity at present.

They conceded, though, that if she gets U.N. immunity the diplomat cannot be prosecuted or brought to court for the period of the immunity. The case will be in “suspension” but will not be dismissed, they said.

After getting the U.N. immunity if she went back to India and then again comes on a visit to the U.S., she could face arrest since the charges would stand, the sources added.

The Hindu

Photo: Devyani Khobragade, deputy consul general at the Indian Consulate leaving federal court.

  • jimmy basso

    She should not get any special treatment that arrogant indian bitch , she clearly broke the law, committed fraud and she was treating her maid or house servant like a slave, making her work over her regular shift and paying her pennies ($3.30 usd per hour while she forced the poor girl to sign another contract that get paid $9.50 per hour which was false ). She is an arrogant bitch and she should be prosecuted to the maximum extent allowed in the law.

    • Guest

      There are many like her who look at others as beneath them and with contempt. A relative of mine got robbed/tricked out of a winning lottery ticket by a variety store clerk who fled to India. She tried hiding it by claiming that her husband won the prize when she actually stole it.

    • Hannibal

      You’ve got to see how many thousands of abused workers currently operate in Lebanon with those same conditions working from daybreak until midnight with no rights and with pitiful wages and maltreatment.

  • jimmy basso

    She should not get any special treatment that arrogant indian bitch , she clearly broke the law, committed fraud and she was treating her maid or house servant like a slave, making her work over her regular shift and paying her pennies ($3.30 usd per hour while she forced the poor girl to sign another contract that get paid $9.50 per hour which was false ). She is an arrogant bitch and she should be prosecuted to the maximum extent allowed in the law.

    • Guest

      There are many like her who look at others as beneath them and with contempt. A relative of mine got robbed/tricked out of a winning lottery ticket by a variety store clerk who fled to India. She tried hiding it by claiming that her husband won the prize when she actually stole it.

    • Hannibal

      You’ve got to see how many thousands of abused workers currently operate in Lebanon with those same conditions working from daybreak until midnight with no rights and with pitiful wages and maltreatment.

  • Tk

    I totally agree with you Jimmy. This is the law of the land.

  • Tk

    I totally agree with you Jimmy. This is the law of the land.