Published On: Sun, Mar 23rd, 2014


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Two days after a New York judge dismissed the visa fraud case against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, a US grand jury on Friday again indicted her and accused her of “illegally” underpaying and “exploiting” her housekeeper Sangeeta Richard.

An arrest warrant has been issued against Khobragade as US prosecutors re-indicted her.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday it was Jane’s sake, we Consulate of India deputy chief are shocked by the allegations against the rejection. Surprised by the response of the Obama administration to avoid the Indian camp had tried to downplay the incident. In the Indian camp passionately expressed the hope that the U.S. government filed a fresh case would give Adawati colour.

However, on Friday in federal court in Manhattan prosecutors passionately against the central re maid visa fraud and misrepresentation in the visa application charges. Agreeing with prosecutors on the Court framed charges passionately. Fresh charge sheet said passionately knew very well that happened between her and her maid agreement is a violation of U.S. laws. These charges passionately on the conviction may be sentenced to up to 15 years.

In a letter to United States District Judge William Pauley, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara informed that Khobragade is “believed” to be in India and the court will be alerted if and when she is arrested.

“An arrest warrant was also issued today. The Government will alert the Court immediately upon the defendant’s arrest so that an appearance before Your Honour may be scheduled. At present, the defendant is believed to be in India,” Bharara said in the letter.

The 21-page indictment, filed by the office of India-born Bharara, states that the diplomat “knowingly made” multiple false representations and presented false information to US authorities in order to obtain a visa for a personal domestic worker. The fresh indictment filed in a federal court in Manhattan also charges that Khobragade submitted to the US State Department an employment contract of her domestic worker which she knew contained “materially false and fraudulent statements.”

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