US Court dismisses visa fraud case against Devyani Khobragade
March 13, 2014 - New York
A United States Judge has dismissed the visa fraud case against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade ruling that she had full diplomatic immunity.
District Judge Shira Scheindlin in her 14 page order said that 'it is undisputed' that the diplomatic immunity at 5.47on January 8 after the US State Department approved her accreditation as counsellor to India's mission to the United Nations. Khobragade who was Deputy Council General in New York at the time of arrest had immunity until she left for India on January 9 evening and so the prosecutors could not proceed with the indictment, said the judge.
India welcomes the ruling
India welcomed the court ruling. However, its order had not taken into account some aspects of the case that led to a cooling off bilateral ties in three months. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said in a statement that 'We welcome this ruling'. He said that the judgment does not consider the merits of the case or our well known position including an admissibility of the arrest of the Indian diplomat in December last.