Devyani Khobragade a Indian diplomat in USA arrested, released

New York, Dec 13, 2013: A senior woman Indian diplomat in USA has been arrested in New York for alleged visa fraud but was later released after furnishing a bond of 250,000 USD, officials said on Thursday. 

According to reports and an Indian embassy statement, Devyani Khobragade, 39, was arrested by the US police while she was dropping her daughter in school on Dec 12, but released in the evening same day. 

Reports said she was even handcuffed in public for allegedly making false statements on a visa application for an Indian who worked for her.

Devyani Khobragade is the deputy consul general in the Indian Consulate in New York. 

Reports said her arrest followed after it was apparently found that he falsified documents on the babysitter of her child and her housekeeper who was working at her place.

The Indian Embassy in USA issued a statement on the arrest of Devyani Khobragade.

"We were informed that Deputy Consul General of India in New York, Dr. Devyani Khobragade, was taken into custody by law enforcement authorities in New York in the morning of December 12, 2013 while she was dropping her daughter at school. Dr. Khobragade was later released that same evening.

"Action was apparently taken against Dr Khobragade on the basis of allegations raised by the officer's former India-based domestic assistant, Ms Sangeeta Richard, who has been absconding since June this year. In this context the Delhi High Court had issued an-interim injunction in September to restrain Ms Richard from instituting any actions or proceedings against Dr Khobragade outside India on the terms or conditions of her employment."

"The US Government had subsequently been requested to locate Ms Richard and facilitate the service of an arrest warrant, issued by the Metropolitan Magistrate of the South District Court in New Delhi under Sections 387, 420 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code.

"The Embassy of India in Washington DC had immediately conveyed its strong concern to the U.S. Government over the action taken against Dr Khobragade. The US side have been urged to resolve the matter with due sensitivity, taking into account the existing Court case in India that has already been brought to their attention by the Government of India, and the Diplomatic status of the officer concerned," the statement said.

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