A 30-year-old Indian American businessmen has been indicted on charges for exploiting a US visa program to fraudulently raise approximately USD 160 million from nearly 290 Chinese nationals who invested in the project while seeking US residency.
Terming the Khobragade episode "extremely irksome", External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday said it was time there should be a "closure" to the issue for which the US should find a "political solution".
India Thursday termed as "good as far as it goes" the dismissal of visa fraud charges by a US court against senior diplomat Devyani Khobragade, whose arrest and strip-search had triggered a diplomatic row between the two countries.
India on Saturday blamed the United States for a "mini crisis" over the arrest and strip search of an Indian envoy, and said more work was needed to repair ties a day after the withdrawal of diplomats seemed to draw a line under the row.
Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat accused of giving false information to obtain a visa for her housekeeper and underpaying her, has finally returned home from the US and in a retaliatory move India expelled a same ranked US diplomat giving him 48 hours to leave the country.
Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has moved a federal court here to dismiss the visa fraud case against her, saying there is lack of personal jurisdiction since she had been accorded full diplomatic immunity by the US Department of State.
Recognising the damage that the diplomat row has done to the India-US relationship, there is a realisation in the top American leadership that "it was the most stupid thing to do" on their part and that they would now have to "work overtime" to bring back the ties on track.
The United States said on Friday it would withdraw one of its diplomats from New Delhi at India`s request after Washington effectively expelled an Indian envoy at the center of a dispute between the allies.
The United States said on Friday it would withdraw one of its diplomats from New Delhi at India`s request after Washington effectively expelled an Indian envoy at the centre of a dispute between the allies.
The United States on Friday "deeply regretted" that India felt it necessary to expel an American diplomat after senior diplomat Devyani Khobragade was asked to leave the country following her indictment in a visa fraud case.
Manhattan`s top prosecutor Preet Bharara has submitted to a federal court here two employment contracts signed between Devyani Khobragade and her domestic help Sangeeta Richard, showing different salaries to be paid to Richard, as a proof that the Indian diplomat had made false statements to US authorities to obtain a visa for her.
As Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade flies home after charged with visa fraud and underpaying her housekeeper, India on Friday asked the US embassy in New Delhi to withdraw an officer of similar rank as her.