Indictment: Some relief for Devyani as judge rules she had immunity

Khobragade’s lawyer said any decision to re-indict her might well be viewed as an “aggressive and unnecessary act”.

New York | Updated: March 14, 2014 4:17 am
The ruling, however, left open the possibility that US prosecutors could bring a new indictment against Khobragade. The ruling, however, left open the possibility that US prosecutors could bring a new indictment against Khobragade.

In relief for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, a US judge has dismissed a federal indictment against her in a visa fraud case, ruling that she had full diplomatic immunity.

District Judge Shira Scheindlin said “it is undisputed” that the diplomat acquired full diplomatic immunity at 5.47 pm on January 8 after the US State Department approved her accreditation as a counsellor to India’s mission to the UN.

The ruling, however, left open the possibility that US prosecutors could bring a new indictment against Khobragade, and they “intend to proceed accordingly”, said James Margolin, a spokesman for Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara.

Khobragade’s lawyer said any decision to re-indict her might well be viewed as an “aggressive and unnecessary act”.

A MEA spokesperson said the dismissal of charges was “good as far as it goes”.

Judge Scheindlin has not barred the prosecution from bringing new charges stemming from allegations that Khobragade made a false statement regarding the visa application of her domestic help Sangeeta Richard, who later left her.

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First Published on: March 13, 2014 8:52 am
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    Edwin Sequeira
    Feb 3, 2016 at 7:20 pm
    she needed to be more than cavity searched... She needed to be stripped and all-cavity-searched. Shameless woman ... Disgracing India. Absolutely corrupt just like her shameless corrupt father. Haak-Thoo on both father-daughter duo. Both need to be jailed asap. But with #FekuSarkar at the center I am sure that will not happen in India at least.
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      kabaragoya
      Mar 14, 2014 at 1:04 am
      The Indinan government discriminates between its citizens. It has done little about the fishermen of Tamilnadu and little about the missing Indians on the Malaysian flight. Why this great concern with an obvious wrongdoer
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        Rakesh Patil
        Mar 14, 2014 at 4:11 am
        What a shame...I wish US brings indictment against her..No chances of she getting her dues in Adarsh Scam...
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          Satish Chandra
          Mar 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm
          CIA-RAW keep deleting the following paragraph, posted as a comment, from Indian and stani media putting stan, Russia and India in grave danger as the March 12 ’14 explosions in New York demonstrate:-The deaths of Rajiv and Indira did not matter, only the crimes against Satish Chandra matter. Both partited in the CIA’s crimes against me and both were killed by CIA-RAW because of my influence on them. I was the target in killing them; they themselves did not matter. Nehru was a lifelong British agent, Indira and Rajiv worked for the CIA and so do all Indian politicians. To avoid being killed by CIA-RAW, Rajiv’s son now (on Feb 26 ‘14) made an incredibly stupid and treasonous statement “What superpower? I will rather make a woman safe in a bus” to show to CIA-RAW that he is NOT under my influence and will not entertain any thought of making India a superpower and will keep India poor, weak and enslaved. Narendra Modi should be whipped and hanged for giving a bouquet of roses to an American diplomat in exchange for a strip search and cavity search of an Indian diplomat. After my reference to Advani as Home Minister being forced, with the threat of being prosecuted for Babri Masjid demolition, to visit CIA headquarters and make the Home Ministry partite in the CIA’s crimes against me, CIA-RAW threatened Modi with prosecution for the killing of Muslims in 2002 and so today (Feb 27 ‘14) “Modi signals shift in favour of big retail”, that is Walmart, etc., reversing the BJP’s stand -- while acknowledging this will harm him politically -- and urging Indians to embrace foreign ownership and control of India and other BJP politicians have joined in this treasonous deal with CIA-RAW as Jaitley‘s statement today (Feb 27 ‘14) that Modi “ has been able to overcome a sustained campaign against him over the 2002 Gujarat riots“ shows; CIA-RAW dictates -- with the threat of killing in the case of Rajiv’s son and threat of prosecution in the case of Modi -- what Indian politicians do and say, not India’s or the politicians’ own interests. P. Chidambaram should be whipped and hanged for speaking positively about Harvard University where the world’s greatest scientist and greatest Indian of all time was publicly tortured for being an Indian. The Italian woman and son should be whipped and hanged for partiting in crimes against him with the help of the CIA’s 24-hour satellite surveillance of him for the past 37 years. Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee should be whipped and hanged for ociating with CIA-RAW agent Hazare, a follower of M. K. hi who was a lifelong British agent and a homoual who wrote to his white master “How completely you have taken possession of my body; it is slavery with a vengeance”. You do not shake hands with any representative of a country whose potion will be made to eat one another till no one remains alive. Filthy s Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram and Raghuram Rajan made India a beggar and slave at the G-20 urging “advanced nations, like the US, to take heed of countries vulnerable to the stimulus withdrawal” and “advanced nations must recognise the impact of their monetary policy decisions on other economies and "be prepared to act if things get out of kilter" “. Why? Because “The reduction in stimulus, known as tapering, may affect capital flows to emerging markets and impact their currencies”. Why do you want to give ownership and control of India to foreign enemies when India has all the investment capital it wants by simply printing the money which is what the U.S. is doing stealing my proposal about money -- see ‘How India’s Economy Can Grow 30% Per Year or More’ : HowIndiasEconomyCanGrowDOTblogspotDOTcom ? These filthy s Manmohan Singh and Raghuram Rajan must also be whipped and hanged along with filthy s Amartya Sen, Subramanian Swamy -- who were both brought to Harvard and one of them given a Nobel prize expressly to provide cover for the crimes against me -- and anyone else in public life you can think of. It is not too late to whip and hang filthy s Vajpayee and George Fernandes both of whom have been faking illness and an inability to speak to avoid answering questions about their partition in the CIA’s crimes against me. Nor is it too late to whip and hang filthy Ram Jethmalani, who was also brought to Harvard to provide cover for crimes against me and rewarded with a half a million dollar per year law practice and filthy L. K Advani who, while Home Minister, was brought, under pain of being prosecuted for the Babri Masjid demolition, to C.I.A. Headquarters to make India’s Home Ministry a partint in the C.I.A.’s crimes against me. Filthy Kejriwal wants to provide a few services at lower rates but my proposal about money shows how to provide all goods and services free of charge to everyone. Filthy M. Karunanidhi should be whipped and hanged; he was having Indian currency printed in China with the help of the Reserve Bank of India chief to provide some freebies to the people of Tamil Nadu as I described in my press releases but kept the crimes against me covered up otherwise everything could be provided free of charge to everyone in India. Filthy Jayalalitha should be whipped and hanged for saying she has a vision for India but keeping quiet about the crimes against me because of which India will remain poor, weak and enslaved despite her vision. The filthy s that are India’s Supreme Court judges should be whipped and hanged for partiting in CIA-RAW’s crimes against me and India by claiming to have lost the papers of a lawsuit I filed after duly acknowledging it as a front page lead report in New York’s News India-Times described two decades ago. I have described RAW’s trafficking of Indian children to Israel to be used as food -- RAWsTraffickingOfIndianChildrenDOTblogspotDOTcom -- and said that “The Jews' fondness for human flesh is far easier sated on Indians than on those around them. Thousands of missing children from India end up in Israeli kitchens and it costs them less than goat meat … When the Congress Party president and her son spent a number of days in Switzerland recently [in 2011] taking care of their black money there, they were told in no uncertain terms by the Jewish bankers that their ability to keep their black money hidden depended on the continuation of the trafficking of Indians for food. Both the Congress Party president and her son had to partake of such food with their bankers to seal the agreement”. I have also described the torture and killing of the children so their skins can be made into shoes and handbags. The above state of affairs cannot be changed except by India’s nuclear forces simultaneously destroying Washington, New York, RAW headquarters, South Block and North Block which they must do without delay, with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be destro, with nuclear warheads already emplaced in them, if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation. It is important for stan’s media to inform the world about this so no one will think the nuclear explosions in New Delhi were caused by stan and for Russian media to inform the world about this so no one will think the nuclear explosions in Washington and New York were caused by Russia. Regardless of what stan and Russia do, India’s nuclear forces are putting India in grave danger by not triggering the warheads if the March 12 ’14 explosions in New York were not their own fizzlesdiasLegitimateRulerSatishChandraDOTblogspotDOTcom2:09pm
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            Abhishek
            Mar 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm
            Let us not hand over our tasks to US.The US needs to put its house in order before it can start lecturing us.The Indian government did the right thing by taking a tough stand and reducing the status of US diplomats to that of reciprocity.
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              Abhishek
              Mar 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm
              Preet Bharara had to keep himself busy while he avoided prosecuting Goldman Sachs and others responsible for the financial meltdown.No country would have allowed such indignities to be heaped on their diplomat.The US state department, postponing the ok for the appointment of the diplomat to the UN mission, to the last minute, was stupidity taken to the extreme.The US has been guilty of this 'tamasha'.It would be ridiculous to suppose that it was done to protect the human rights of a third world exploited worker.
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