New Delhi : BJP has described the indictment of diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the US as a ‘defeat’ for India, saying the criminal case against her would remain in America.
“Bringing Khobragade is our defeat not a win because a case will continue against her in the US. The US has decided. So we somehow are bringing her back. It’s clear that there was no effect of India’s arguments on the US,” BJP leader and former External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha said.
The 1999 batch IFS officer was today indicted for visa fraud and making false statements by a grand jury in New York which held that the charges against her will remain even as she headed back to India after being accorded full diplomatic immunity by the US.
Sinha, who had earlier advocated prosecution of American diplomats with same sex partners in India as a tit-for-tat measure for US action against Khobragade, again pushed for action against US officials.
“How many officials of the US embassy do wrong things and no curb has been put on them. So many suggestions came…,” he said, adding that it is imperative at times to explain in a language the other country understands.
“Somewhere or the other we are not taking the matter seriously. Whether it is America or any other country it is necessary for India to explain that we will do the same with you,” he said.
“We do not appreciate the manner in which the US diplomat issue was handled. It is a gross mis-management of foreign policy,” BJP’s deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said. “The big question is how come the maid went to the US. Why did the US Embassy in India give her a visa It is a question if any human trafficking is also happening,” Prasad alleged.
Indian diplomat Dr. Devyani Khobragade has been given diplomatic immunity and is flying back to India, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Friday.
Akbaruddin further said that Khobragade, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York, was accredited on January 8 and given the privileges and immunities of a diplomatic envoy under the terms of Section 15 of the Headquarters Agreement between the United Nations and the United States.
According to Akbaruddin, at the time of her departure to India, Khobragade reiterated her innocence.