The Devyani Khobragade issue has seen several developments today. Devyani is understood to be currently on a flight back to Delhi. The Government has given her a new posting in the External Affairs Ministry in Delhi.
In the afternoon, the Indian Government is believed to have requested the US Embassy in India to send one of its officials back to America. This official is reportedly of a similar rank to Khobragade and has been involved in her repatriation.
The United States had earlier let go of Devyani in consideration of her diplomatic immunity. However, they were clear to mention that the charges against her were still pending and that she would be tried for her charges if she re-entered the country without diplomatic immunity.
This has angered some people in India, including her father Uttam Khobragade and some members of the opposition. BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said today¬†that this development should be taken as a ‚Äúdefeat‚ÄĚ for the Congress considering that the charges have not been dropped entirely.
On December 11, 2013, Devyani Khobragade, then the Deputy Consul General of the¬†Consulate General¬†of India in¬†New York City, was charged by U.S. authorities with committing¬†visa fraud¬†and providing false statements in order to gain entry to the United States for a woman of Indian nationality, for the potential employment as a domestic worker for Khobragade in New York.
Khobragade was arrested the next day by U.S. federal law enforcement authorities¬†and was then subjected to a search of her body cavities commonly called a “strip search”. Her arrest and treatment have received much media attention particularly in India, and have led to a major diplomatic standoff between¬†India and the United States.News Source: The Indian Republic Network