December 13, 2013
India Summons US Envoy Following Arrest of Diplomat
India says it has summoned the U.S. ambassador to New Delhi following the detention of an Indian diplomat in New York on visa fraud charges.
Ambassador Nancy Powell was summoned to a meeting Friday with Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh to discuss the arrest of deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade.
Indian media say Khobragade was taken into custody Thursday on a street in New York and handcuffed in public, before being released on $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty in court.
An Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Syed Akabaruddin, said India is "shocked and appalled" by how U.S. authorities have treated Khobragade. He said such treatment is "totally unacceptable," noting his ministry is working to resolve the matter.
Khobragade is accused of lying on a visa application about an Indian national who performed domestic work for her.