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Indian diplomat row: Devyani Khobragade exempted from personal appearance in case

By Neha Attre | Last Updated: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 17:24

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade was granted personal exemption in the alleged visa fraud case in the United States on Monday.

Khobragade has also been accredited to the country`s permanent mission to United Nations.

Meanwhile, the US has asked for more time to file the information related to visa and other relevant details of people that have been employed by them and their officers in India.

The developments took place as the new Indian Ambassador to US, S Jaishankar, is due to be in Washington on Tuesday amid a standoff between the two countries over the arrest of high ranking Indian diplomat on charges of alleged visa fraud.

The Indian Ambassdor succeeds Nirupama Rao and is the son of Indian strategic affairs analyst and civil servant K Subrahmanyam.
Khobragade was arrested on the street while she was dropping her daughter to school and was later released on a USD 250,000 bail. She was later strip-searched in custody and made to stand with common criminals, drug addicts and sex workers by the New York Police, according to media reports.

The arrest of Khobragade created furore with India demanding an apology from the US over the mistreatment meted out to the 39-year-old Deputy Consul General at the Indian Consulate in New York.
While US continues to be maintain its stand, India has withdrawn several privileges that were being given to the US diplomats and has asked the American diplomats and consulate staff to submit their ID cards by today.

They will be issued new ID cards which will entitle them to benefits similar to the ones given to Indian diplomats in US.

First Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 13:35
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