India asks U.S. embassy in New Delhi to withdraw a diplomat

NEW DELHI Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:09am EST

A private security guard stands outside the U.S. embassy in New Delhi December 18, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

A private security guard stands outside the U.S. embassy in New Delhi December 18, 2013.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - - India asked the United States on Friday to withdraw a diplomat from its embassy in New Delhi in the latest retaliatory action over the arrest of an Indian consular official in New York on charges of visa fraud.

An Indian government official said the U.S. diplomat was involved in the case relating to Devyani Khobragade, the New York-based Indian consular official, that has strained ties between the two countries.

Khobragade was flying home on Friday from the United States after a deal in which she was indicted for visa fraud and lying about how much she paid her housekeeper, but allowed to leave because of diplomatic immunity.

"We called the US mission to withdraw an officer of similar rank of Devyani as reciprocal action," the government official said.

(Reporting by C.K. Nayak; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)

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Comments (41)
newlygrad wrote:
The U.S. should consider downgrade the level of diplomacy with India for latter’s never-ending vindictive harrassement caused by a mickey rift.

Jan 10, 2014 7:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
Ancalimon wrote:
Iuck Findia. Shut down all diplomacy with India until it grows up. Their claim to the worlds oldest democracy is bs, as only the 1% of Indian elite are the only ones who have true democratic representation. I hope U.S. corporations will move their base of operations out of India and move to a true u.s. ally such as the philippines.

Jan 10, 2014 7:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
122westwood wrote:
Nice example of how corrupt and warped India’s political system is. Their diplomat commits a crime with plenty of written evidence and in a deal is allowed to go home to India yet they consider that a ‘reciprocal’ action would be for the US to pull home a diplomat who has committed no crime in India. Think they should look up reciprocal in the dictionary. More wonderful antics from the nation that brought you the ‘Caste’ system.

Jan 10, 2014 7:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
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