US to Proceed With Prosecution of Khobragade - The New Indian Express

US to Proceed With Prosecution of Khobragade

Published: 31st December 2013 12:47 PM

Last Updated: 31st December 2013 12:53 PM

US is proceeding with the prosecution of senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade and has no intention to withdraw the case of visa fraud against her.

US sources said that more evidence was being gathered against the 39- year-old diplomat before the indictment is filed. The deadline for indictment is January 13.

There is no question of apology to India over the arrest of Khobragade, the then  Deputy  Consul General of India, in New York on December 12 which has led to strong protests by the Indian government and widespread indignation in India.

The Indian government has demanded withdrawal of the case and an apology for the treatment meted out to the diplomat.

Khobragade, who has been transferred from the Indian Consulate to the country's mission to the UN subsequent to her arrest, enjoyed full diplomatic immunity at present.

They conceded, though, that if she gets UN immunity the diplomat cannot be prosecuted or brought to court for the period of the immunity. The case will be in suspension" but will not be dismissed, they said.

After getting the UN immunity if she went back to India and then again comes on a visit to the US, she could face arrest since the charges would stand, the sources added.

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