Friday, December 20, 2013

Devyani Khobragade Row: MEA spokesperson’s reply to US prosecutor Preet Bharara’s statement, full text here

INDIAN diplomat Devyani Khobragade might have been shifted to Indian permanent mission to UN to ensure full diplomatic immunity to her in the backdrop of her arrest over alleged visa frauds in America, but the row is still continuing. US prosecutor Preet Bharara said she was not handcuffed. He said: “She (Khobragade) was not, as has been incorrectly reported, arrested in front of her children. The agents arrested her in the most discreet way possible, and unlike most defendants, she was not then handcuffed or restrained." It prompted ministry of external affairs…to issue a detailed statement. Bharara further said: "This Office’s sole motivation in this case, as in all cases, is to uphold the rule of law, protect victims, and hold accountable anyone who breaks the law, no matter what their societal status and no matter how powerful, rich or connected they are.”
“And one wonders why there is so much outrage about the alleged treatment of the Indian national accused of perpetrating these acts, but precious little outrage about the alleged treatment of the Indian victim and her spouse?" he asks.
In response to a question on the statement issued by Manhattan US Attorney on December 18, the MEA’s official spokesperson said there is “only one victim” in this case, and that victim is Devyani Khobragade:  Here is the full text of the statement issued by Syed Akbaruddin.
"We have seen the statement issued by the Manhattan US Attorney on December 18. We need to keep in mind the simple fact that there is only one victim in this case. That victim is Devyani Khobragade - a serving Indian Diplomat on mission in the United States.
The action taken against her was not in keeping with the Vienna Convention. There were no courtesies in the treatment that was meted out to the diplomat, under the normal definition of that word in the English language.
The statement includes remarks about equality before the law of both the rich and the poor. Not only is this a rhetorical remark that is not conducive to resolving "inaccuracies", it is also not a feature of the law that is exclusive to the office of the Manhattan US Attorney.
The statement in question acknowledges that legal processes were in place in India. Yet, incredibly, it invites speculation about why it was necessary to evacuate the family of Ms Richards and about the action purportedly being taken against them. The implication of this remarkable admission needs to be considered very carefully with regard to the implicit comment it makes about the Indian legal system, Indian law enforcement authorities, and the responsibility that legal officials of a foreign government seem to arrogate upon themselves with regard to the nationals of another country. It needs to be asked what right a foreign government has to “evacuate” Indian citizens from India while cases are pending against them in the Indian legal system.
The statement underlines the compulsion that is felt by the Manhattan US Attorney's office “to make sure that victims, witnesses and their families are safe and secure while cases are pending.”
This is precisely why, when there is a prior legal process already underway in India, the Manhattan US Attorney should consider it obligatory to enable justice to take its course in India in the first instance. When the legal process in another friendly and democratic country is interfered with in this manner, it not only amounts to interference but also raises the serious concern of calling into question the very legal system of that country.
This statement is one more attempt at a post facto rationalization for an action that should never have taken place in the first instance.”


  1. This issue has nothing to do with either Devyani or Ms Richards. It is more to do with the extraordinary ambition of Preet Bharara who uses the grapevine gossip in the South Asian community of tri-state area to specially target them for sensational 'kills' that will get him lots of publicity. All he will care is to use all this for a future political office. Can he penetrate the very tight well entrenched 3rd and 4th generation americans with any of such exploits? Unfortunately, instead of understanding his ulterior motive in using his 'more american than American themselves' tactics the indian community has been singing praise for this ambitious Bharara! There is more to come.....

    1. Now one should be above law . Dvyani has committed visa fraud.

  2. Focus people, she did visa fraud.

  3. Mr. Bharara has his accounts to settle with India for his favourism of the seperatist Khalistani moveent. In addition too his ambition for a better political office in The US, he wants to make a joke of India.

  4. Myth Buster   1 - Devyani - Falsified the visa document form D 160
    The case claims that Devyani lied on  her visa documents, form D 160 where she reported the employees wages to be $4500.  This is incorrect. First look at form D160 shows that it is asking for Employers salary and not employees.   Second why will she  want to make false claims of $4500  when the minimum salary she  is required to  pay  in New York  to her maid is is $1270 only  ( $7.25 x 172 hours per month) .  Thirdly , that from is filled and signed by the maid. Google "Khobragade had full diplomatic immunity, was accredited UN adviser before arrest". Below you  will see a link for the form D160. Check it yourself.