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US stand firmly to proceed with prosecution of Khobragade
Dec 31, 2013

The U.S. has taken firm stand to proceed with the prosecution of senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade and has no intention to withdraw the case of visa fraud against her.

U.S. is gathering evidences against the 39-year-old diplomat before the indictment is filed which has been placed on January 13. Further US stated that if she returns to India and then comes back to the US, the charges will stand and she could face arrest.

The US Diplomatic Security Service had on December 12 arrested Khobragade for allegedly underpaying her domestic help visà - vis American law, and misrepresenting the pay information in visa documents. She was released on bail the same day, but the arrest - and her claim that she was subjected to a strip- and cavity- search - kicked up a diplomatic row between India and the US. A fallout of the stand- off has been India bringing the lot of Indian employees at the US Embassy and diplomatic missions in India, and the human resource policies they follow, under intense scrutiny.

Later the diplomat had been transferred from the Indian Consulate in New York to the country's mission to the United Nations following her arrest in order to enable her to apply for full diplomatic immunity. India has informed the US that Ms Khobragade was accredited to the United Nations as a member of the country's delegation to the General Assembly much before her arrest.

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