Fresh indictment against Devyani

Mar 16 2014, 03:12 IST
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SummaryReacting strongly to the second indictment against its diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the US

Reacting strongly to the second indictment against its diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the US, India on Saturday said it was an “unnecessary” step and any measure consequent to the decision will “unfortunately” impact upon efforts on both sides to build India-US strategic partnership.

Making clear that as far as India was concerned the case has no merit, the spokesperson in the external affairs ministry said, now that Khobragade has returned, the court in the US has no jurisdiction in India over her and the government will therefore no longer engage on this case in the US legal system.

“We are disappointed that the relevant office of the United States Department of Justice chose to obtain a second indictment against Devyani Khobragade, despite the fact that the first indictment and arrest warrant were dismissed earlier this week,” the spokesperson in the external affairs ministry said.

India’s reaction came after prosecutors re-indicted her on visa fraud charges and accused the Indian diplomat of “illegally” underpaying and “exploiting” her maid.

The second indictment, which came a day after a US court dismissed an earlier indictment, accused her of making false statements about the visa application of Sangeeta Richard.

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