TV interview could land Khobragade in trouble

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 15, 2014 00:26 IST

Diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who was arrested in the US in a visa fraud case, could be in trouble for a TV interview she gave without permission from the external affairs ministry.

Khobragade, a director-level officer in the MEA headquarters here after her return from the US in January said in the interview, “Things haven’t moved as such, but I am hopeful that specially this government will take it up positively because this is not just my matter, it’s about having a special judicial process against a diplomat”.

Asked about her conduct in going to the media, the MEA spokesperson said the views expressed by Khobragade were her own. On whether she had sought permission for the interview and if the MEA had given the permission, he said, “No on both accounts”

Sources said she could be hauled up even as as the ministry was examining other aspects of her case in the US.

Khobragade, former Deputy Consul General of India in New York, was arrested in the US on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny.

The issue had escalated into a full-blown diplomatic spat between the US and India, which retaliated by downgrading privileges of certain category of US diplomats among other steps.

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