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Lawyer for Indian diplomat in US seeks delay in visa fraud case

Published on Jan 7, 2014 10:17 AM
 
India's Deputy Consul General in New York, Devyani Khobragade, attends a Rutgers University event at India's Consulate General in New York, on June 19, 2013. A lawyer for Khobragade is seeking to postpone proceedings in a visa fraud case that has created tensions between the United States and India, citing the need to continue "meaningful discussions"with the prosecution. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A lawyer for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade is seeking to postpone proceedings in a visa fraud case that has created tensions between the United States and India, citing the need to continue "meaningful discussions"with the prosecution.

In a letter to a federal magistrate judge in New York, Ms Khobragade's lawyer requested an extension of the time by which the US government must file an indictment or commence a preliminary hearing.

The lawyer, Mr Daniel Arshack, confirmed he filed the letter in court but would not comment about a possible resolution of the case.

Ms Khobragade, who was deputy consul-general in New York, was arrested on Dec 12 and charged with one count of visa fraud and one count of making false statements about how much she paid her housekeeper.

 
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