The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has turned down Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Devyani Khobragade’s plea seeking dual citizenship for her two daughters who are US nationals. The MHA has said that this is not permitted under Indian law.
“We have conveyed to Khobragade that her children are not eligible for dual citizenship and so her plea cannot be processed,” said an MHA official.
According to MHA officials, the government decided to reject Khobragade’s plea as dual citizenship is only applicable for children born outside India. Khobragade’s children were born in Mumbai and took US citizenship as her husband is a US national, officials said. Children of foreign diplomats who are born in India are also granted dual citizenship till the time their parents are posted in the country, they added.
While serving as India’s Deputy Consul General in New York in 2013, Khobragade was arrested for underpaying her daughters’ nanny, Sangeeta Richards, leading to a diplomatic standoff between the two countries. In December last year, she was stripped of her duties in the MEA and placed under a “compulsory wait”, after she told the media that a vigilance inquiry against her was unfair.
The inquiry was conducted on the charge that Khobragade had failed to disclose that she had secured US passports for her two children. She was reinstated in March, and is currently the director of states division at the MEA headquarters.