Indian diplomat at heart of row with US urged to stand for parliament
NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - An Indian political party has urged the woman at the centre of a diplomatic storm in the United States to stand for parliament, highlighting how public outrage has turned the case into a battleground for votes ahead of next year's election.
Dr Devyani Khobragade stands accused in New York of fraudulently obtaining a work visa for her housekeeper and paying a fraction of the minimum wage.
Furious that one of its foreign service officers had been handcuffed and subjected to a strip search like "a common criminal", India on Tuesday removed security barriers outside the United States embassy in New Delhi and withdrew some privileges accorded to American diplomats.
Politicians, including the leaders of the two main parties, refused to meet a delegation of visiting US lawmakers.