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US Judge Dismisses Indictment Against Indian Diplomat in Visa Case

Devyani Khobragade, who served as India’s deputy consul general in New York, leaves Maharastra state house in New Delhi, India, Jan. 11, 2014.
Devyani Khobragade, who served as India’s deputy consul general in New York, leaves Maharastra state house in New Delhi, India, Jan. 11, 2014.
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A U.S. federal judge has dismissed an indictment against an Indian diplomat whose arrest and strip search late last year in New York frayed diplomatic ties between New Delhi and Washington.

The judge ruled Wednesday that Devyani Khobragade had diplomatic immunity when she was indicted in January on charges of fraudulently obtaining a work visa for her housekeeper and lying about the maid's pay.

Prosecutors accused the diplomat of forcing her maid to work for far less than the U.S. minimum wage and then lying about it on the housekeeper's visa application.

India responded by lifting some diplomatic immunity for U.S. officials in New Delhi, and ordered the U.S. embassy to restrict service at an embassy club for diplomats.

Khobragade was India's deputy counsel-general in New York at the time of her arrest in December.

Faced with criminal prosecution, she left the United States in January, after India rejected a U.S. request to waive her diplomatic immunity. She now is reported to be working for India's Foreign Affairs Ministry in New Delhi.

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by: Oghenejuwe from: Nigeria
March 13, 2014 11:28 AM
I learnt that d judiciary is d last hope of d ordinary man truly d US judiciary has proven dis to be true.


by: Tauese from: Singapore
March 13, 2014 6:34 AM
Oddly the maids husband who was evacuated from India to the US, divorced her after reaching the us. Whole thing seems odd. Now with the court dismissing all charges it seems worse


by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
March 13, 2014 4:16 AM
International tit for tat super-diplomacy finally convinced US to drop all charges against Devyani Khobragade. Now State Department should do the right things; say sorry to Indian government and pay Devyani financial compensation.

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by: nicegerbil from: California, US
March 13, 2014 10:45 AM
Nobody has the right to lie in order to break the law of the country they live in.

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