Agencies, New Delhi
India today rejected in toto US Attorney Preet Bharara’s statement who has justified the arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade and denied that she was unlawfully mistreated.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said no courtesies were shown in the treatment meted out to the diplomat.
Dr Khobragade was arrested a week ago in New York on charges of visa fraud involving her domestic help Sangeeta Richard who she had brought from India, and who later ran away from her home to seek shelter under US law on allegations that she was underpaid.
‘’There is only one victim in this case. That victim is Devyani Khobragade,’’ Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said responding to Mr Bharara’s description of Sangeeta Richard as the only victim.
A foreign Government had no right to ‘’evacuate’’ Indian citizens from India while cases were pending against them in the legal system,the Spokesperson said in obvious reference to the grant of visa by the
US Embassy to the Husband and children of Ms Richard.
‘’Why is legal process in a friendly and democratic country interfered with in this manner,’’ he said.
Mr Akbaruddin said this was one more attempt at post facto rationalization of action which should never have been taken in the first place.
Following are some excerpts from the text of Mr Bharara’s statement:
‘’First, Ms Khobragade was charged based on conduct, as is alleged in the Complaint, that shows she clearly tried to evade US law designed to protect from exploitation the domestic employees of diplomats and consular officers.
Not only did she try to evade the law, but as further alleged, she caused the victim and her spouse to attest false documents and be a part of her scheme to lie to US government officials. So it is alleged not merely that she sought to evade the law, but that she affirmatively created false documents and went ahead with lying to the US government about what she was doing.