Diplomat

  • Full diplomatic immunity for Modi if he becomes PM, says US report 01-04-2014 07:28 AM

    Washington: The nine-year US visa ban on Narendra Modi will automatically be lifted and he would enjoy diplomatic immunity if he becomes the prime minister, a Congressional report said on Monday. "Modi is widely considered to be one of the front-runners as prime ministerial candidate of his Bharatiya Janata Party....
  • MEA disappointed with Devyani Khobragade's re-indictment 15-03-2014 03:21 PM

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs has expressed disappointment at the re-indictment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the US visa fraud case. The MEA also said that this was an unnecessary action. Khobragade's father too has slammed the action saying it is a result of aggression. "The act...
  • Diplomat Devyani Khobragade re-indicted, arrest warrant issued 15-03-2014 07:25 AM

    New York: In a major setback to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, an arrest warrant has been issued against her in the US after she was re-indicted in the US visa fraud case. The new indictment that was filed in a federal court in Manhattan has charged Khobragade for the submission...
  • Surprised over dismissal of Devyani's indictment: Obama administration 14-03-2014 10:48 AM

    The Obama administration has expressed "surprise" over the dismissal of a federal indictment against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the visa fraud case. "We were surprised by the dismissal of the indictment against former Indian Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said, a day after a...
  • MEA offers plum postings to 'friendly diplomats', E-Gram reveals 21-02-2014 06:45 PM

    New Delhi: CNN-IBN has accessed a confidential E-Gram by the Ministry of External Affairs sent in the end of 2013 asking its diplomatic missions abroad to indicate their "stations of choice" amongst a list of posts which were likely to fall vacant in 2014. The E-Gram, sent by then MEA...
  • Devyani Khobragade's claim of immunity challenged by US prosecutors 01-02-2014 10:03 AM

    New York: Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat whose December arrest led to a major international dispute, holds no immunity from US prosecution and should continue to faces charges of visa fraud, Manhattan federal prosecutors said in court papers filed Friday. Khobragade was arrested on December 12 on charges that she...
  • India, US start discussions on diplomatic immunity 25-01-2014 04:48 PM

    India and the US are holding preliminary discussions to resolve their differing interpretations of diplomatic immunity as they look to mend ties damaged by the row over American treatment of an Indian diplomat who was arrested and strip-searched in New York, India's ambassador said. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India's new envoy in...
  • Khurshid meets US Secretary of State, takes up Khobragade issue 22-01-2014 10:52 PM

    Montreux: After a row of bitter exchanges with the United States over the Devyani Khobragade issue, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday met the US Secretary of State John Kerry and discussed recent developments in the bilateral relations between the two nations. Upset over the Devyani Khobragade episode,...
  • India says US probably still most important ally 22-01-2014 07:16 AM

    New Delhi: The case of the Indian consul arrested and strip-searched in New York last month was handled "appallingly" and needs to be resolved, but the United States remains probably India's most important ally, the Indian ambassador to Washington said on Tuesday. "I won't underplay this incident, I won't overplay...
  • White House unveils plan to save domestic helps of diplomats 15-01-2014 01:30 PM

    In the wake of the worst diplomatic spat with India over the arrest of an Indian diplomat for allegedly underpaying her nanny, the White House has come out with a strategic action plan for human trafficking "victims". The plan does not name Devyani Khobragade, India's then consul general in New...
  • Devyani Khobragade told her nanny not to get sick because 'it was expensive' 15-01-2014 01:25 PM

    Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade made her Indian nanny work up to 100 hours or more per week, for extremely long hours and without a single full day off. She also told her not to get sick "because it was expensive", according to the indictment filed against her. The copy of...
  • New York: Khobragade seeks dismissal of visa fraud case against her 15-01-2014 10:48 AM

    New York: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has asked a court to dismiss the indictment against her and terminate any "open" arrest warrants in visa fraud case, arguing that she was "cloaked" in diplomatic immunity and cannot face criminal prosecution in the US. Khobragade's lawyer Daniel Arshack on Wednesday filed a...
  • Khobragade moves US court; seeks dismissal of visa fraud case 11-01-2014 11:52 PM

    New York: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has moved a federal court here to dismiss the visa fraud case against her, saying there is lack of personal jurisdiction since she had been accorded full diplomatic immunity by the US Department of State. Khobragade's lawyer Daniel Arshack submitted a four-page "motion seeking...
  • South Asian rights bodies support Devyani Khobragade's maid 11-01-2014 01:12 PM

    A coalition of South Asian rights bodies in the US has came out in support of Devyani Khobragade's maid Sangeeta Richard, who has claimed that she suffered while working for the Indian diplomat. "We stand with Sangeeta Richard and call upon our community members to support her and domestic workers...
  • Devyani faces arrest in US, says Indian government will speak for her 11-01-2014 11:49 AM

    New Delhi: A day after returning from the United States of America, Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade thanked the people for the support in the case but refused to say much about further action that will be taken in the case. "I would not comment. My government and my lawyer will...
  • Devyani fallout: US regrets India's move to expel American diplomat 11-01-2014 07:43 AM

    Washington: The United States on Friday "deeply regretted" that India felt it necessary to expel an American diplomat after senior diplomat Devyani Khobragade was asked to leave the country following her indictment in a visa fraud case. "We deeply regret that the Indian government felt it was necessary to expel...
  • Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade arrives in India 10-01-2014 11:00 PM

    New Delhi: Indian Foreign Service officer Devyani Khobragade reached India late on Friday evening after being charged for visa fraud and making false statements by a New York court in the United States of America. Even as she returned home, the diplomatic row between India and US remains far from...
  • Devyani Khobragade heads back home, case continues in US 10-01-2014 09:39 PM

    New Delhi: In just over an hour from now, Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade will return to India after being charged for visa fraud and making false statements. But the diplomatic tussle is far from over with Delhi asking Washington to withdraw one of its diplomats of Devyani's rank in what...
  • Devyani Khobragade case: India expels senior US diplomat 10-01-2014 07:23 PM

    India on Friday expelled senior American diplomat within hours of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade being asked to leave the US after her indictment in a visa fraud case for which she was arrested nearly a month ago, triggering strong reaction from the government in New Delhi. The unnamed Director-rank American...
  • Maid breaks silence, claims to have suffered while working for Devyani Khobragade 10-01-2014 12:50 PM

    As Devyani Khobragade heads back to India, her domestic worker Sangeeta Richard on Friday broke her silence and claimed that she suffered while working for the Indian diplomat and asked other domestic workers not to let anyone "exploit" them. In her first public statement, Sangeeta said she had decided to...
  • Crisis created by US, says Devyani's father as she leaves for India 10-01-2014 11:26 AM

    New Delhi: Reiterating his stand that her daughter and Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has been framed on false charges, Uttam Khobragade said that the crisis revolving around his daughter had been created by the United States of America. His statements come at a time when Devyani has left for India...
  • Full text: MEA statement on Devyani Khobragade 10-01-2014 07:54 AM

    Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has left for India from the US, said the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday morning. This came after she was indicted on two counts of visa fraud and making false statements. Following is the full statement of the MEA on the latest in the case...
  • Devyani indicted for visa fraud, making false statements, leaves US 10-01-2014 07:26 AM

    New York: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has been indicted on two counts of visa fraud and making false statements, and was allowed to leave the United States of America as she had been accorded full diplomatic immunity. According to a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs in India, she...
  • US hopeful of resolving Devyani Khobragade issue 07-01-2014 12:16 PM

    The US has expressed hope of arriving at a resolution of the Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade issue, which has resulted in "hiccups" in the India-US bilateral ties. "Absolutely" the State Department Deputy Spokesperson, Marie Harf, told reporters at her daily news conference on Monday, when asked if the US was...
  • Focused on moving relationship with India forward, says US 03-01-2014 02:44 PM

    The US has said it is focused on moving forward its relationship with India and asserted that the legal procedure against diplomat Devyani Khobragade is separate from the diplomatic process. "What we're focused on at the State Department is moving forward with the bilateral relationship," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie...
  • No goof up in Devyani Khobragade case: US 31-12-2013 11:22 AM

    The US has rejected India's contention that it has misconstrued salary details in the visa application of senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade's domestic help, asserting there is "no goof up" and that the case against her is on a firm footing. Making it clear that visa fraud charges against Khobragade...
  • US won't withdraw case against Khobragade, to file indictment: Sources 31-12-2013 07:51 AM

    Washington: The standoff between India and the US over the arrest and humiliating treatment meted out to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, a former Deputy Consular General, is yet to come to an end. According to sources, the case against Khobragade, who has been shifted to India's Permanent Mission in United...
  • Devyani case: US launches 'inter-agency review' 30-12-2013 08:25 AM

    Washington: India's tough stand against the arrest of its diplomat Devyani Khobragade has forced the United States of America to initiate an ""inter-agency review" to look into lapses. The department being reviewed include National Security Council of the White House, the State Department and the Justice Department. In a tacit...
  • Devyani case: India seeks possible US tax violations as stand hardens 28-12-2013 07:42 PM

    India has sought details about staff in American schools in the country for possible tax violations and revoked ID cards of US consular officials and their families, retaliatory steps for the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York on criminal charges. The measures suggest that the two countries are...
  • Questions hang over India-US spat over Devyani Khobragade 28-12-2013 02:31 PM

    As diplomats try to work out a way to resolve the India-US diplomatic row triggered by the arrest and strip search of an Indian diplomat, several questions hang over the unsavoury episode. Who in the State Department signed off on the arrest of Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New...