She Refused Offer to Compromise, Says Father Uttam
By Express News Service | Published: 11th January 2014 08:12 AM |
Former IAS officer Uttam Khobragade on Friday said his daughter, 1999-batch IFS officer Devyani Khobragade had rejected offers to compromise, which would have allowed her to stay on in the US. “She rejected that offer outright. She is a proud Indian giving more importance to the sovereignty of this country and dignity of the judicial system of India over personal relief being offered and decided that her country’s sovereignty is dearer than her personal life and comfort,” he said on Friday morning.
Manhattan US attorney Preet Bharara had offered a plea bargain which had levied a less onerous penalty on Devyani in lieu of her accepting guilt for visa fraud and making false statements. US authorities had hoped that Devyani would accept it as her husband is a US national. She can’t return to the US without an official passport which gives her cover of diplomatic immunity, as otherwise the court case will be revived. “Devyani was told by the US to accept that she paid less to her domestic help and pay a fine. The charges would then be dropped,” explained Uttam.
He said his daughter “left US soil today with full diplomatic immunity vindicating the stand that whatever dispute is being raised in the US is a prerogative of the sovereign country of India and can only be adjudicated in Indian courts”.
He added that Devyani’s husband and two daughters will return to India in a few months. “The entire nation stood together at a time of crisis for my family. It is only because of the support from the government, political parties and the people here that my daughter is coming back home... I express my gratitude and sincere thanks to the people, political parties, media, MEA and its staff and the government for their support,” Uttam said.