U.S. State Dept says not pressuring to drop Indian complaint

WASHINGTON Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:45pm EST

A mailman walks away from the Indian Consulate building in New York December 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A mailman walks away from the Indian Consulate building in New York December 18, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Thursday said it is not pressuring U.S. law enforcement to drop a complaint against an Indian official that has increased tensions between the two countries.

"Not true," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in response to a question about whether there was pressure being applied to U.S. law enforcement.

India has urged the United States to withdraw a visa fraud case against one of its diplomats in New York, suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry's expression of regret over her treatment in custody was not enough.

(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria; Editing by Chris Reese)

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Lakes wrote:
I’m glad to hear that the State Department is not pressuring law enforcement to drop the complaint. It shouldn’t be dropped.

I’ve lost a lot of respect for India over this incident. I cannot fathom the childish, immature, tit for tat responses and the twisted reasoning. And the part about promoting her to protect her. That’s laughable. The whole Indian response is corrupt.

You could end this by financial penalties. Fine her to the maximum. Make her pay the employee plus damages. Make this woman fly the employer home. Now deport this woman and make it so she cannot reenter the United States for at least 20 years.

Talk about a sense of entitlement. I didn’t know feudalism still existed. Apparently it does in India.

Dec 19, 2013 5:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sirius wrote:
I hope that the USA won’t let her go.I’m sure she’s guilty. The indians can suck an egg, they should of recalled her to India when they first heard of the case. India keep your garbages we don’t need them.

Dec 19, 2013 5:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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