Granted immunity, Devyani on way home but cannot enter US again

Before she was indicted, Devyani was accorded full diplomatic immunity.

New York | Updated: January 10, 2014 2:40 pm
Charges against 39-year-old Khobragade will remain and she will have to face trial, if she returns to the US without diplomatic immunity. (AP) Charges against 39-year-old Khobragade will remain and she will have to face trial, if she returns to the US without diplomatic immunity. (AP)

The immediate crisis over the indictment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in a US court over visa fraud seems to have been resolved with the official being granted full immunity after he transfer to the permanent Indian mission to the United Nations in New York.

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The diplomat is on her way to India now, having being transferred to the Ministry of External Affairs by the government but will still face criminal charges in the US if she returns without any diplomatic immunity.

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The MEA has said that the official was granted diplomatic accreditation (G-1 visa) from the US state department following her transfer to the United Nations. This happened even as he was indicted in the US court for visa charges.

Following the indictment, the US government formally requested the Government of India to waive the immunity of Counsellor Khobragade. This was declined by India and Khobragade was assigned to the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi with immediate effect.

“At the time of her departure for India, Counsellor Khobragade reiterated her innocence on charges filed against her. She affirmed her gratitude to the Government of India, in particular to the External Affairs Minister, and the people of India, as also the media, for their strong and sustained support during this period,” the MEA has stated.

Though the step gave a resolution to the immediate crisis, the diplomat would still have to face charges anytime she enters the US on a non immunity status. It may be noted that her husband is a US national.

“She also affirmed (before departure) her determination to ensure that the episode would not leave a lasting impact on her family, in particular, her children, who are still in the United States,” the MEA statement read.

However, as reported by the Indian Express, the facilitation of Khobragade’s unimpeded re-entry into the US was not a priority as much as ensuring diplomatic accreditation (G-1 visa) from the US state department following her transfer to the United Nations.

Over the past few weeks, South Block has planned an executed a range of measures targeting US diplomats in India. Starting with simpler steps like stripping some diplomatic privileges to preparing grounds for serious legal action, all options were explored.

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    JACK
    Jan 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm
    I am so glad Adarsh Kaubhand Father and Daughter make money by corruption went back to India. I do not respect her. As officer she should not involve fraud case of Visa.
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      Ajay Kumar
      Jan 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm
      Are you saying fraudulent and criminal activity is diplomatic activity ? And does applying law according to rule and protocol in USA consue arrogance ? It may be normal thing to prosecute, convict and jail a politician or a VIP in India who gat bail, walk out of prison to resume hi normal activities. Example is Laalu and Sanjay Dutt. In India it may be alright to provide govt. accommodation and state security to Priyanka hi and her husband Robert Vadara, both private citizens, at tax payers expense. Sadly for India, these doesn't happen in western democracies. Unlike India where there are two cl of citizens, we in west have only one cl and no VIP culture like India.
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        Ajay Kumar
        Jan 10, 2014 at 9:47 am
        This fraudster thanking Indian government and the people of India for their support ? I hope it is some kind of joke.Diplomatic immunity is immunity from prosecution for performing exclusively diplomatic duties for the country these diplomat represent. So they can function and perform their igned diplomatic job unhindered, fearlessly and without hindrance.Diplomatic immunity does not cover non diplomatic work like shopping, taking kids to school, amut park or movies, eating in restaurant on private social occasions, robing a bank, shoplifting, giving false information on a Visa form etc.From the posted comments by Indians in India I get the impression that they think diplomatic immunity implies immunity for every act of the the diplomat. Not so. Look at the word, DIPLOMATIC. It doesn't say only IMMUNITY. It says DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY, meaning thereby immunity for performing diplomatic related work.
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          Vivek
          Jan 10, 2014 at 5:17 am
          All these measures are finally going to boomerang on India itself. Why should US follow India's SC/ST and minority appeat policy.
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            dirty
            Jan 10, 2014 at 5:49 pm
            So her $250000 bail is forfeited ? And who pays for that ? The stupid Indian public....
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              Don
              Jan 9, 2014 at 11:49 pm
              I am so glad they indicted her. I would have been very happy if they had arrested her. Shame on you Devyani!!!
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                anon
                Jan 10, 2014 at 4:25 am
                The law applies to the common man but not those with political connections. If Sanjay (UK) and Rahul (USA) were able to evade criminal charges, why not femme Kobra?
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                  gandharva kudige
                  Jan 11, 2014 at 12:51 pm
                  I agree Rule of Law is weak in India. Here we see rule of men. Law is just for namesake.
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                    gandharva kudige
                    Jan 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm
                    What a confusing state of Affairs:She is a Indian diplomat but she and her family had American citizenship.She is American citizenship but still wants Indian laws to apply.She is from backward cl( as Mayawathi voiced abt this in the beginning) but expects the same in US. Again she is privileged but wants a working maid from India. She must be arrested here since the law applies here y the Indian GOvT is letting her go easily?
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                      gandharva kudige
                      Jan 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm
                      she and her family has American citizenship. Is she ready to give give back that? american citizen needs Indian laws to apply? Is this right?
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                        gandharva kudige
                        Jan 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm
                        yes she shld face charges as for the person with immunity is dealt with domestic laws
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                          Halkat Swami
                          Jan 9, 2014 at 11:46 pm
                          INDIAN AMERICANS DEMAND APOLOGY -------------------- CRIMINAL DEVYANI KHOBRAGADE MUST APOLOGIZE TO ALL INDIANS LIVING IN THE U.S. FOR LETTING THEM DOWN WITH THE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
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                            Halkat Swami
                            Jan 9, 2014 at 11:45 pm
                            INDIAN PEOPLE DEMAND THE TRUTH-------------------Tax Paying, Law Abiding, Honest Indian people demand why Devyani Khobragade lied under the law of the U.S., why did she cheat and why did the w family mistreat, cute, hound and gang up on the poor maid Sangeeta Richard?
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                              Halkat Swami
                              Jan 10, 2014 at 3:43 am
                              Indian Americans say that this lying liar and criminal human trafficker is not welcome to the U.S. They do not want this low moral woman to represent them and India
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                                Halkat Swami
                                Jan 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm
                                It is a victory of Rule of Law and Justice OVER back door escape of the privileged like it is in India
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                                  jsingh
                                  Jan 10, 2014 at 8:22 am
                                  corrupted indian diplomat got her way out!
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                                    jsingh
                                    Jan 10, 2014 at 8:24 am
                                    she brought shame to India
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                                      KAmarnathr KR
                                      Jan 10, 2014 at 6:10 am
                                      Welcome back to the land of Adarsh Scam!!
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                                        Mohammed Khader
                                        Jan 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm
                                        Now we have two Indian they can not enter US 1.Modi and 2. Khobragade
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                                          Mohammed Khader
                                          Jan 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm
                                          She should be fired immediately, she is risk to Indian security.
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                                            Kalpesh Parmar
                                            Jan 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm
                                            It's like the pot calling the kettle black.And why r u giving the lesson on Diplomatic Immunity ? Just Stick to the fact.The fact is that Us official broke Vienna Treaty,1962.And rather than doing it simple by solving these matter by diplomatic discussion ,It showing off it's arrogance.The conclusion is that India is fighting for it's Dignity,whereas the Us is fighting for it's pertinacity.
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