Indian diplomat indicted in N.Y., leaves U.S.
An Indian diplomat accused of lying about how much she paid her housekeeper has been indicted in New York City. Devyani Khobragade is charged with visa fraud and making false statements. In a letter to the judge, prosecutors say she has been given diplomatic immunity status and left the United States on Thursday. Ref. USAToday
India's deputy consul general in New York has been indicted by a grand jury on federal charges of visa fraud and making false statements in connection with allegations that she lied on a visa application for her former housekeeper, according the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In a letter to U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, federal prosecutors said Devyani Khobragade will not be arraigned on the charges at this time; she left the United States on Thursday.
Khobragade's arrest on December 12 outside her daughter's school, her detention in a cell with other women and her having been subjected to a strip search raised diplomatic hackles in New Delhi. Ref. CNN
Beginning Tuesday, the Biden administration will restrict travel from the U.S. To India. The decision comes after a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, White House Press secretary Jen Psaki said last week. "The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India," Psaki said in a statement. Ref. USAToday.