In a blast from the past of sorts, it has been found that Devyani Khobragade had filed a case of cheating, extortion and criminal conspiracy against her domestic help and the latter’s husband with the Delhi police in October this year.
A senior Delhi police officer said the FIR was registered at South Delhi’s Fatehpur Beri police station following a complaint that was received through email in the first week of July by Devyani to her father and the ministry of external affairs.
In the FIR, a copy of which is with HT, Devyani claimed that Sangeeta Richard and her husband Philip Richard approached her for a job as they needed money for their children’s education. As per their agreement, it was decided Sangeeta would go to New York with Devyani to take care of her household work for a monthly salary of Rs. 30,000.
Sangeeta went to New York in November 2012 and began working for Devyani. In March 2013, problems started between Devyani and Richards when the latter started pressurising her employer to allow her to work outside on her off days.
Devyani turned down Sangeeta’s requests citing the fact that it was illegal according to her visa status and also since she had an official passport. On June 21, Devyani went to New Jersey and when she returned two days later, Sangeeta was found missing.