Devyani Khobragade re-indictment unnecessary, can hurt relations: India to US

MEA said the court in the US has no jurisdiction in India over her and the government will no longer engage on this case.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: March 16, 2014 10:05 am
Devyani Khobragade is not permitted to return to the United States except to submit to the jurisdiction of the court. (PTI) Devyani Khobragade is not permitted to return to the United States except to submit to the jurisdiction of the court. (PTI)

Expressing its disappointment over the US re-indicting IFS officer Devyani Khobragade on visa fraud charges and calling it an unnecessary step, India Saturday said that any step taken consequent to the decision would hurt efforts on both sides to build a strategic partnership between the two countries.

Sources in New Delhi said the “second indictment” takes the situation back to where it was earlier this week before a US court quashed the first indictment of Khobragade on the ground that she had diplomatic immunity.

The MEA’s official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that as far as India was concerned, the case has no merit and now that Khobragade has returned, the court in the US has no jurisdiction in India over her and the government will therefore no longer engage on this case in the US legal system.

“We are disappointed that the relevant office of the United States Department of Justice chose to obtain a second indictment against Devyani Khobragade, despite the fact that the first indictment and arrest warrant were dismissed earlier this week,” Akbaruddin said. “This was an unnecessary step. Any measures consequent to this decision in the US, will unfortunately impact upon efforts on both sides to build the India-US strategic partnership, to which both sides are committed.”

The 21-page new indictment, filed by the office of US attorney Preet Bharara, said the diplomat “knowingly made” multiple false representations and presented false information to US authorities in order to obtain a visa for a personal domestic worker.

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First Published on: March 16, 2014 5:47 am
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    Valveone1
    Mar 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm
    She BROKE THE LAW. Lying on her pport, Then paying her employee way below minimum wage. I should say her domesticated slave
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      David Hendrix
      Mar 16, 2014 at 7:47 am
      Female not respected in India, This is not really a problem.To India this is like smacking a dog.
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        David Hendrix
        Mar 16, 2014 at 7:48 am
        Hillary 2016.
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          cia chief
          Mar 16, 2014 at 8:08 am
          Yep the us can murder (in stan) and claim diplomatic immunity for the white cia agent
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            deborah deborah
            Mar 16, 2014 at 6:14 am
            Preet Baharara is ambitious and can sell even USA, his mother, his anything to get higher. these people are like hitler...However, DK should be investigated here in india.
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              HD
              Mar 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm
              India's reaction to this unbelievable. Hopefully, devyani will not be allowed to return to the U.S.A.
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                HowardImmanuelson
                Mar 16, 2014 at 6:43 am
                You need to understand that this is the way of things under President Obama. Enemy countries are fawned over and treated with the utmost respect; allied countries (Canada, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Poland, etc.) are punished and treated with disrespect.Give us 3 more years and we'll have a new President that will hopefully value allies and friends again.
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                  elaina
                  Mar 16, 2014 at 8:46 am
                  Not her please, she is the same I don't trust her
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                    elaina
                    Mar 16, 2014 at 8:42 am
                    stan is full of AL Kaida and can't compare with this women, she should clear her name .
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                      Jacko
                      Mar 16, 2014 at 8:10 am
                      If she borke the Law, as it is clear to everyone including India that she did - what she did was beyond her call of duties, she should be banged in the slammer. It is absurd to connect the strategic relationship, which is at a very abstract level and evolving, with this misfit lady who should been carefully vetted prior to her ignment. She is not fit for the purpose. Addition to this Mr. Akbaruddin should resign for connecting her crime to an evolving relationship with the US. It is obvious to me he is hurting both countries without any strategic thought on his part. He should resign and she should be send back to the States to clear up the mess she created.
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                        d diddo
                        Mar 16, 2014 at 7:51 am
                        she should come clean and stop harming HER nation
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                          G.I.GIO
                          Mar 16, 2014 at 8:55 am
                          I hope relations between the US and India worsen to the point where businesses from Western countries are forced to leave India... we want our IT jobs back! The way India over-reacted to the arrest of that Indian diplomat was an eye opener. India is not a real ally or friend... if it only takes one such small incident to provoke such anger and retaliatory measures, then what will India do if there is a more serious incident?
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                            K
                            Mar 16, 2014 at 7:14 am
                            It is perplexing. The diplomat may be absolutely innocent. But, whether the proposed US action is unnecessary or not, it is entirely for them to decide. The US court has only accepted the claim of immunity available to her. India should not get worked up on this and allow law to take its own course. There should not be any question of any diplomatic relationship between India and US to be affected because of a single individual in a country of 1.2 billion people. India would contribute immensely to diplomacy by taking initiative with various countries at the United Nations to push amendment on "Geneva convention" to clarify that immunity to be provided by nations to diplomats only for their ignorant or unintended actions and not for any deliberate calculated flagrant violation of local laws.
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                              TPN101
                              Mar 16, 2014 at 7:47 am
                              Im curious as to know if you actually read what was happening before this article. As far as the article is concerned... In most allied countries laws are followed and they are there for a reason. This lady broke the laws of the nation she was being hosted in and then left to be protected in her home country. What the Department of Justice did by re-inditing her is in no way wrong and reflects our legal systems solidity. Her father has power in India and was placing pressure on families to keep quite, extortion in allied countries is also illegal along with the US but India turned a blind eye. I hope India inquires into here fathers bribery and corruption scheme and extradites her to the US to face charges. Honestly it is the most reasonable thing for India to do as the worlds largest democracy. Last I checked all of those things were illegal in India as well.
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                                dingding
                                Mar 17, 2014 at 2:04 am
                                Americans hate Indians, they are are say a lot of things when they see Indians like 7-11 etc. Americans are racists
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                                  maxpain7
                                  Mar 16, 2014 at 7:22 am
                                  You do not have enough base to point a finger at Obama. The ally country itself doesn't respect their own allies law. If you were in the maid's shoe, wouldn't you think that you should get paid accordingly? India just threatening US and let her go (which I think US will anyway). If you strongly agree that we shouldn't follow our law regulations, then who else will?
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                                    Nitin Bendre
                                    Mar 16, 2014 at 6:21 am
                                    I sincerely think that India should either hand over her to the US or insute an inquiry into her and her father's misdeeds as far as Adarsh Scam is considered.We are setting a bad president by protecting her and unnecessarily bringing the issue of bilateral relations. If we feel that other countries should respect our legal systems, we must reciprocate by respecting the US court's stand in this matter. Our image is getting tarnished every time we are trying to protect her.
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                                      faze
                                      Mar 16, 2014 at 7:49 am
                                      Forgiving this woman, who has committed a CRIME, and letting her back into the UNited States is an INSULT to law-abiding citizens and visitors to our country. Stay out! Enjoy your almost free maid-slave-service in India. We don't want you here!
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                                        faze
                                        Mar 16, 2014 at 7:47 am
                                        Prosecute this woman to the fullest extent of the law. It's sickening to see India's poor treated like trash by India's upper cl, even here in the United States. It's not well known that many of India's wives will not let their husband tke ajob in the Us because they can't have a maid for pennies. Disgusting, and medieval!
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                                          queen phuktoria
                                          Mar 16, 2014 at 8:43 am
                                          This corrupt little wretch thinks she can get away with Indian style corruption in the US. She's sadly mistaken. Her dad and she were involved in one of the biggest real estate and land misappropriation scams to hit India in recent times (Adarsh scam). This little wretch surely can afford to pay minimum wage to her domestic help, that she fraudulently (Visa fraud) smuggled into the US, but chose not to. She deserves to get thrown in the slammer.
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                                            Rajan
                                            Mar 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm
                                            Initially, most people were sympathetic to the plight of Devyani Khobragade. However, as details emerged about how the Khobragade father-daughter duo have repeatedly manited and abused the Indian system in the past for their own selfish goals (such as the Adarsh flat, preferential IFS posting ahead of other deserving candidates, etc), people are starting to have a different opinion on this father-daughter pair. One thing is clear - they have powerful connections within the Indian Government and are able to get things done that ordinary Indians will find difficult to get done.
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