Indian diplomat in servant row 'escapes' before grand jury indictment

US Grand Jury indicts Devyani Khobragade for visa fraud and making false statements.


Reuters/afp January 09, 2014
Indian official Khobragade had been indicted for visa fraud charges and making false statements. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

NEW YORK: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, whose arrest over treatment of her servant sparked a bitter row between the US and India, has left the US, authorities said on Thursday.

US prosecutors informed a court that New York-based Khobragade has left the country even as US grand jury returned an indictment against her.

The indictment came a day after Khobragade's lawyers lost a bid to delay the January 13 deadline for a preliminary hearing to be held or an indictment to be filed in the case.

But prosecutors in a letter on Thursday told a federal judge there was no need to arraign Khobragade on charges of visa fraud and making false statements, as she was "very recently accorded diplomatic immunity status and that she departed the United States today."

A lawyer for Khobragade did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

COMMENTS (15)

Mala | 7 years ago | Reply

@AnisAqeel

Agreed. Well Said. "My point is why not no pay their employees according to the law and that is a small amount compared to the reputation it has created."

AnisAqeel | 7 years ago | Reply

@Raj - USA: You are right if she appears in court there is no confiscation but heading of the news is 'escapes' giving a sense of disappearing but latter news indicate that there may have been behind the scene a face saving deal for both countries. Normally countries do not go to that extent for a low/mid level diplomat. My point is why not no pay their employees according to the law and that is a small amount compared to the reputation it has created.

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