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‘$8.75 an hour,including Rs 30,000 a month to husband’

Devyani Khobragade allegedly got a call from Sangeeta saying she wanted to settle the matter.

Uttam Khobragade,father of diplomat Devyani,claims Sangeeta Richard was given full wages and never ill-treated,yet she disappeared without reason. He said that the deal had been for $8.75 an hour,from which Rs 30,000 would be sent to her husband every month.

“An acquaintance,Rustam Sengupta,introduced Sangeeta and told us her husband is unemployed and she has two children to support. We appointed her in November. We promised her $ 8.75 per hour,from which Rs 30,000 a month would be sent to her husband in Delhi. We also gave her provisions for medicine,food and a room in Manhattan. We gave her more than we promised,” Khobragade said.

He said Sangeeta stepped out one June afternoon to buy groceries and did not return,having taken her official passport and some files with her. “We informed the authorities. She was given full wages,and never ill-treated,” he said.

A month later,Devyani Khobragade allegedly got a call from Sangeeta saying she wanted to settle the matter. Uttam Khobragade alleges she demanded $10,000,a regular passport and immigration assistance. “We told her we would give her the $10,000 but couldn’t help with the immigration and passport,and that she could take whatever she feels is due and return to India. She refused,and did not contact us again.”

Khobragade says he filed in July a suit in the Delhi High Court,which granted an injunction preventing Sangeeta from filing any complaint on her employment in the US. Meanwhile,Devyani too filed a complaint of cheating and criminal conspiracy against Sangeeta in Delhi.

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On the complaint against Devyani,Khobragade challenged the contention that the visa application gives Sangeeta’s salary as $4,500. He said the application asks for the salary of the employer,not of Sangeeta. “Also,the visa application has been signed by Sangeeta. Devyani just helped her prepare it. How can they prosecute my daughter?”