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India disappointed over US re-indictment of Devyani Khobragade

Saturday, 15 March 2014 - 2:17pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk
India has taken a stand against the re-indictment of its senior diplomat, saying it was disappointed with the actions of the United States.
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India has taken a stand against the re-indictment of its senior diplomat Devyani Khobragade, saying it was disappointed with the actions of the United States.

India has termed the decision "unnecessary".

"Any major consequent to this decision will "unfortunately" impact on efforts to strengthen Indo-US ties", read a statement released by India. 

India says it is concerned with the sudden turn of events. "We reiterate there is no merit in the case and govt will no longer engage in this case in the US legal system" said Indian officials. 

Dashing hopes of a closure of the Devyani Khobragade affair, Indian American prosecutor Preet Bharara has secured a fresh indictment of the Indian diplomat at the centre of a major India-US diplomatic row.

Two days after a New York judge dismissed the visa fraud case against Devyani Khobragade, India's then consul general in New York, whose Dec 12 arrest and strip search strained ties between the two countries, a US grand jury Friday again indicted her on same criminal charges.

"A grand jury has returned a true bill today on a two-count criminal indictment of Devyani Khobragade," Bharara's office said in an announcement Friday.

An arrest warrant also was issued after the indictment, according to Jerika Richardson spokesperson for the US attorney's office for the Southern District of New York.

Also read: Devyani Khobragade faceoff: Throwback to a 1981 Indo-US diplomatic spat




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