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US prosecutors indict Indian diplomat Khobragade again

Published on Mar 15, 2014 2:38 AM
Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade leaves with her father Uttam Khobragade (left) from the Maharashtra Sadan state guesthouse to meet India's Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi in January. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) – A grand jury in New York has returned a new indictment against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade for visa fraud, two days after a US judge dismissed a similar indictment because she had diplomatic immunity.

Dr Khobragade’s arrest last December and a subsequent strip search drew outrage in India, causing a major diplomatic rift between the United States and India.

The row ended on Jan. 9 after the United States granted her immunity and then essentially had her expelled from the country in a flurry of diplomatic maneuvers, the same day she was indicted for the first time.

Dr Khobragade’s lawyer, Daniel Arshack, did not immediately comment on the new indictment, which effectively returns the case to where it was before Wednesday’s dismissal.

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