India had urged US to act against Devyani .
The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce has strongly objected to the “humiliating treatment” meted out to Khobragade by the US law enforcement agencies.
“The Chamber considers the action unacceptable and feels that the US government should tender an unconditional apology for the humiliation of the diplomat,” said Nanik Rupani, president of Chamber’s West India Council, in a statement here.
In a statement that was issued in response to a media query, the Indian embassy in Washington has said that along with the Ministry of External Affairs, it took up the matter of Khobragade’s domestic assistant Sangeeta Richard with the US State Department and the US embassy in New Delhi.
The statement added that the Indian embassy had asked for US’ assistance in tracing Richard, action against her for blackmailing the Indian diplomat, assistance in repatriating her and arresting her for robbing cash, a mobile phone and documents from the Indian diplomat.
An apology from America, acceptance of their fault is what we will be satisfied with, said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath.
Activists belonging to Left parties and All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO) gathered near the US consulate in Hyderabad to protest against the US government’s handling of the Devyani issue.
Holding banners that read, “Uncle Sam don’t act ugly with India”, protesters shouted slogans against the US administration.
The BJP said the government must keep up the pressure against the United States. “Rajya Sabha has expressed their anguish and has condemned what the US has done to Devyani, who was under diplomatic immunity,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
“Government has said charges will be dropped and will be brought back with full dignity and honour… They must now walk the talk and nothing less will be acceptable by the people.”