Sangeeta Richard,whose complaint triggered the events leading to diplomat Devyani Khobragades arrest,was always keen to work abroad,according to her mother-in-law. She always wanted to work abroad. She knew I was working at a diplomats house and wanted me to look for a similar job for her, said Agnes,mother of Sangeetas husband Philip Richard.
Sangeeta,42,who hails from Kerala,married Philip 20 years ago after three years of courtship,then apparently left his house three days later because he was not earning enough. I had reservations about the marriage but my son was in a hurry. She was staying in Ghaziabad with her father and had no job then, Agnes said.
Sangeeta left the house on the third day as she was not happy with his financial condition. When she realised she was pregnant,she came back and delivered a daughter in my house. She and my son moved to Fatehpur Beri soon after, she said.
The Indian Express found the Fatehpur Beri house locked. Philip has left for the US.
Radha,a close friend of Sangeeta,claimed it was she who had referred Sangeeta to Devyani Khobragade (whose father has named another referrer). Radha is working with a diplomat in the Canada High Commission.
Devyani maam had offered me the job but I had to turn it down as my husband had passed away and there was no one to take care of my children. I suggested Sangeetas name, said Radha. A few days ago,I asked Philip about Sangeeta as I was very worried. Philip told me she is in the US and fine. He told me he would go there soon.