US Justice Dept to determine if charges against Indian diplomat will go forward
- POSTED: 20 Dec 2013 13:36
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The US State Department says it is up to the US Justice Department to determine if the charges against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade will go forward.
WASHINGTON: The US State Department says it is up to the US Justice Department to determine if the charges against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade will go forward.
The arrest of the deputy consul general has sparked an international row between Delhi and Washington.
The Indian government is demanding all charges against Ms Khobragade be dropped.
According to reports, Ms Khobragade is the third Indian diplomatic stationed in the US to get caught up in similar charges.
Now the US State Department has been referring all legal questions on the charges against Ms Khobragade to the US Justice Department.
In a statement, the US Attorney General for Manhattan Preet Bharara indicated that prosecution is likely to go forward, saying the law is clear and that the evidence shows that she did commit visa fraud and fabricated documents.
The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed on the situation.
It reiterates that India must fulfil its obligations under the Vienna conventions to protect American diplomats working in Delhi and elsewhere.
Secretary of State John Kerry has no current plans to call the Foreign Secretary, but the US emphasises that its goal is to figure out how to move this important relationship with India forward.
What the State Department wants now is to take the temperature down, even as it continues to investigate all the details.