Trouble for Devyani Khobragade as govt finds daughters have both US, Indian passports

The discovery has caused considerable disquiet as the government took unprecedented retaliatory measures against US diplomats.

New Delhi | Updated: March 13, 2014 10:10 am
The discovery has caused considerable disquiet as the government took unprecedented retaliatory measures against US diplomats after Khobragade was arrested on charges of visa fraud and allegedly mistreated in New York. IE Devyani Khobragade, Indian diplomat, refused to comment on the dual citizenship of her daughters. IE

Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade is under the scanner after the government, it is learnt, found that her two daughters had American passports as well as Indian diplomatic passports — a crime under Indian law as it amounts to dual citizenship.

The discovery has caused considerable disquiet as the government took unprecedented retaliatory measures against US diplomats after Khobragade was arrested on charges of visa fraud and allegedly mistreated in New York.

Government sources said getting US passports for her daughters indicated Khobragade kept her options open to benefit from the “best of both worlds”. Khobragade’s daughters, aged four and seven, are in New York with their father, an American citizen.

When contacted, Khobragade, who is posted as director in the MEA’s Development Partnership Administration, refused to comment.

According to rules, a diplomat’s spouse is also expected to take up Indian citizenship. Although Khobragade’s husband has applied, the citizenship has not come through because of stringent home ministry rules which require the applicant to stay in India for a stipulated period.

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    Shravan
    Sep 10, 2016 at 3:12 am
    Shambu get lost
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      Edwin Sequeira
      Feb 3, 2016 at 7:18 pm
      she needed to be more than cavity searched... She needed to be strip-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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        rvin
        Jan 1, 2015 at 5:59 pm
        with strip search
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          Bechara Aadmi
          Mar 14, 2014 at 11:10 am
          Is this women empowerment!! Punish her for her act & send out strong message that India can take action against their top erring officers - be it a WOMAN!
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            Rocky Rana
            Mar 14, 2014 at 11:44 am
            She is also related to Aadarsh scam.
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              anand
              Mar 16, 2014 at 6:55 am
              Typical Indian! But why chonia & amul baby hv dual citizenship? then why r they allowed to hold top posts in our country! Isn't tht crime!
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                Marcus Aurelius
                Mar 14, 2014 at 5:53 am
                her hubby is american her kids are american but she is advocating for india in america?
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                  Arjun
                  Mar 16, 2014 at 11:14 pm
                  She needs to be sent to an Indian jail. I hope the Indian Govt takes strong steps here.
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                    Lakshmi Chatti
                    Mar 14, 2014 at 10:27 am
                    The entire case of Devayani appears to be very controversial.She has misused her diplomatic status.
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