US judge denies request for delay in Indian diplomat case
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge has denied a request by a lawyer for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade to delay proceedings in a visa fraud case that has strained relations between the United States and India.
In an order issued on Wednesday, United States Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in Manhattan refused to extend the Jan 13 deadline by which a preliminary hearing must be held or an indictment filed in the case.
In asking Judge Netburn on Monday to extend the deadline, Ms Khobragade's lawyer Daniel Arshack said it was negatively interfering with plea negotiations with the government.
But Judge Netburn ruled that Mr Arshack had only sought a delay of the preliminary hearing and that such an extension would not alter the deadline for filing an indictment.