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India warns U.S. of impact on ties after re-indictment of Indian woman diplomat
 
 
 
 India warns U.S. of impact on ties after re-indictment of Indian woman diplomat

NEW DELHI- India today strongly reacted to the second indictment against its Diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the United States, saying it was an "unnecessary" step and any measure consequent to the decision will "unfortunately" impact upon efforts on both sides to India-U.S. strategic partnership.

A spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry said the court in the United States has no jurisdiction in India over her and the government will therefore no longer engage on this case in the U.S. legal system.

"We are disappointed that the relevant office of the United States Department of Justice chose to obtain a second indictment against Devyani Khobragade, despite the fact that the first indictment and arrest warrant were dismissed earlier this week," the spokesperson said.

"This was an unnecessary step...We reiterate that the case has no merit. Therefore this second indictment has no impact on our stated position. Now that Dr. Khobragade has returned to India, the court in the U.S. has no jurisdiction in India over her. Government will, therefore, no longer engage on this case in the U. S. legal system," he added.

Dashing hopes of a closure of the Devyani Khobragade affair, an American prosecutor, Preet Bharara, has secured a fresh indictment of the Indian diplomat at the center of a major India-U.S. diplomatic row three months ago.

Two days after a New York judge dismissed the visa fraud case against Khobragade, India's then consul general in New York, a U. S. grand jury yesterday again indicted her on same criminal charges.

Khobragade, 38, was accused of fraud and was arrested before being expelled by the United States after being formally charged.

The issue led to a diplomatic mini-crisis between New Delhi and Washington. India retaliated by expelling one U.S. diplomat and reducing privileges of U.S. missions here.

 
 
 
 
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