1 min read.Updated: 15 Mar 2014, 12:25 AM ISTJoseph Ax
A US federal judge dismissed a similar indictment two days before because Khobragade had diplomatic immunity
New York: A grand jury has returned a new indictment against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade for visa fraud, two days after a US federal judge dismissed a similar indictment because she had diplomatic immunity.
Khobragade’s arrest last December and subsequent strip search drew outrage in India, causing a major diplomatic rift that ended when the US granted her diplomatic immunity and then requested her departure from the country in January.
US district judge Shira Scheindlin ruled on Wednesday that Khobragade, who was India’s deputy consul-general in New York, had diplomatic immunity when she sought on 9 January to dismiss the indictment, and thus could not be prosecuted for allegedly underpaying her nanny.
A spokesman for the US attorney in Manhattan said then that the ruling did not bar prosecutors from seeking a new indictment based on the same charges. Reuters
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