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Diplomat Devyani Khobragade row: M Karunanidhi unhappy with Centre's hullabaloo in the case

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 - 7:04pm IST Updated: Tuesday, 24 December 2013 - 8:02pm IST | Place: Chennai | Agency: PTI

DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday said it was frustrating to note that the Indian government was "screaming restlessly" over the Devyani Khobragade arrest episode, while no similar concern was shown over the deaths of Tamils in Sri Lanka, including that of a woman news presenter.

The diplomat's arrest was being discussed inside and outside the Parliament with reports of Indian government's swift action in this matter, he said.

"It's more frustrating (to note) that the government and the union Ministers who are screaming restlessly for an Indian woman were not as much restless when Isaipriya, Balachandran and thousands of Tamils were killed in Sri Lanka," he said in an apparent reference to the ethnic conflict in the Island nation.

Isaipriya was a LTTE news broadcaster and was believed to have been killed in combat. Earlier this year, a documentary aired by a British TV channel claimed she was killed in cold blood, resulting in outrage in Tamil Nadu.

Similarly, pictures of the bullet-riddled body of slain LTTE leader V Prabhakaran's son Balachandran, aged 12, had also prompted strong reaction in the state, with all parties including the AIADMK and the DMK condemning Lanka over the issue.

Responding to a set of questions in party mouthpiece 'Murasoli,' Karunanidhi said he did not find anything wrong in showing concerns for Devyani but was "only regretting" why no similar "affection" was shown for Isaipriya.

A 1999-batch IFS officer posted as Deputy Consul General in New York, Khobragade (39) was taken into the custody on December 12 for visa fraud charges as she was dropping her daughter to school before being released on a USD 250,000 bond after pleading not guilty in court.

Khobragade has now been transferred by the Indian Government to its Permanent Mission to the UN so that she gets full diplomatic immunity.


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