New York :  In a major setback to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, a federal judge has rejected her plea to extend the January 13 deadline for a preliminary hearing on the visa fraud issue, the date by when she has to be charged.

Shortly after the issuance of the order in which the judge said “good cause” has not been demonstrated in the plea, Khobragade’s laywer Daniel Arshack said he is “considering” other options.

The three-page order, by which Khobragade will have to appear in court, means the indictment against her will now have to filed before or on January 13. It was issued late Wednesday.

 “We are considering our options,” Khobragade’s lawyer Daniel Arshack told PTI when asked about the request for extending the indictment deadline being denied by the judge. He did not elaborate.

However, sources said one of the options Khobragade, 39, now has is to file another motion in court seeking extension of the indictment deadline and preliminary hearing.

US Energy Secy not coming

In another setback to Indo-US ties since Devyani Khobragade’s case turned into a full blown diplomatic spat, US energy secretary Ernest Moniz has cancelled his visit to India to attend the annual dialogue on energy cooperation between the two countries.

The development comes even as a US court refused Khobragade’s request to extend the January 13 deadline for her indictment.

Khobragade was transferred to India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, but she is yet to receive a clearance from the US. More than 20 days after the UN submitted it, America continues to ‘review’ the visa application of Khobragade, which would give her full diplomatic immunity. The unusual delay has upset Indian officials.

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