New York: The newly appointed lawyer for
Prabhu Dayal, the Indian Consul General in New York, has said
that the forced labour charges filed by his client`s former
maid, are "ill founded".
Santosh Bhardwaj, 45, has accused Dayal of making
her work for long hours every day at USD 300 a month,
confiscating her passport and making her sleep in a storage
"Many of the allegations contained in the complaint
are ill-founded," Russell Rosen, Dayal`s lawyer, said.
"These will be vigorously litigated and defended."
Rosen added that his law firm, Robinson Brog
Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck P C, had just been retained
and that he would have to study the matter thoroughly before
Dayal has vehemently denied all these charges
including the accusation of asking Bhardwaj for a massage,
which she interpreted as a sexual advance.
The top diplomat has said that Bhardwaj left because
he did not allow her to do part-time work outside for extra
money, which was against visa regulations.
The Ministry of External Affairs has backed Dayal.
"Such actions impede the ability of the individuals in
question to discharge their official responsibilities as well
as cause untold mental harassment and anguish," Vishnu
Prakash, MEA spokesperson, said in June. "They cannot be dismissed lightly."
The US State
Department has said the charges against Dayal constitute a law