Devyani Khobragade

'Khobragade incident led to misunderstanding with US'

Devyani-KhobragadeNew Delhi, March 8 : The Devyani Khobragade incident caused a certain "misunderstanding" in relations but India has "insulated" that issue from the rest of its relationship with America, India's Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said here Saturday.

"You are right that the incident relating to Indian diplomat in New York caused certain degree of misunderstanding for a certain period of time and we are discussing the issue of privileges and immunity quite separately," Sujatha Singh told women journalists at a special event here to mark the International Women's Day.

Khobragade gets warm welcome on arrival in Mumbai

Khobragade gets warm welcome on arrival in MumbaiMumbai, Jan 14 : Hundreds of Republican Party of India-A activists gave a rousing welcome to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade who arrived in her home city here Tuesday afternoon.

Khobragade, 39, who was at the centre of a diplomatic row between India and US after American authorities charged her with visa fraud last month, wore a sari and appeared relaxed and cheerful as she stepped out of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport's domestic terminal.

'Indicted' Devyani Khobragade gets diplomatic immunity, returns to India

Devyani KhobragadeNew Delhi, Jan 10  : Indian diplomat Dr. Devyani Khobragade has been given diplomatic immunity and is flying back to India, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin has said.

Akbaruddin further said that Khobragade, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York, was accorded on January 8 and given the privileges and immunities of a diplomatic envoy under the terms of Section 15 of the Headquarters Agreement between the United Nations and the United States.

'Devyani Khobragade was part of India's UN mission when arrested'

Devyani-KhobragadeNew Delhi, Dec 26 : Making a strong case to fight the US over the handcuffing and strip-search of its diplomat Devyani Khobragade, sources said Thursday that at the time of her arrest, she was concurrently accredited to India's Permanent Mission in the UN as advisor and therefore enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

The revelation of Khobragade's UN status comes as it was also revealed that the office of Manhattan's India-born prosecutor Preet Bharara may have goofed up in reading Khobragade's salary of $4,500 as the amount she would be paying her domestic help, Sangeeta Richard.

Devyani Khobragade arrest: No apology or withdrawal of charges, says US

Devyani KhobragadeWashington/ New Delhi, Dec. 20  : The United States has ruled out acceding to either of the two Indian demands - withdrawal of charges against its diplomat Devyani Khobragade, and an apology for alleged mistreatment, after her arrest in New York last week.

"We take these allegations very seriously. We're not in any way walking back from those allegations or the charges. Again, this is really a law enforcement issue," the State Department spokesperson, Marie Harf said.

Indian American group condemns Khobragade's arrest

Devyani-KhobragadeWashington, Dec 18 : A leading advocacy organisation representing over three million Indian Americans in the US has strongly condemned the arrest procedures of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.

The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) said it found the comments of State Department spokesperson Marie Harf justifying her strip-search as "particularly offensive".

Kamal Nath says US needs to step out of mindset of taking countries lightly

Kamal-NathNew Delhi, Dec 17, : Pitching India's strong protest against the treatment meted out to Devyani Khobragade by the U. S. authorities, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday said the U. S. should step out of its mindset of taking other countries like a banana republic.

"The incident with the Indian diplomat is not just merely unfortunate. Calling it unfortunate will be putting it mildly. The incident should be condemned," Nath said.

Earlier, the Delhi Police began removing barricades placed outside the U. S. embassy in Delhi.

Devyani Khobragade arrest: India acts tough on U.S. diplomats

Devyani-KhobragadeNew Delhi, Dec 17 : India on Tuesday took a series of tough measures against American diplomats based at the embasssy in Delhi and in consulates all over the country to let Washington know that it is extremely upset over the treatment meted to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York.

Strongly protesting against Khobragade's arrest, strip search and her being lodged as a common criminal with drug addicts in a New York prison on alleged charges of committing visa fraud, before being released on bail, the Indian Government, according to a television channel report, is considering the following measures:

India concerned over arrest of diplomat in New York

India concerned over arrest of diplomat in New YorkWashington, Dec 13 - One of India's senior diplomats was arrested in New York Thursday for alleged visa fraud and exploitation of her domestic help leading to expression of "strong concern" by the Indian embassy in Washington.

Devyani Khobragade, 39, India's Deputy consul general in New York was charged with one count of visa fraud and one count of making false statements, which carry maximum sentences of 10 years and five years in prison, respectively.

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