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No Business As Usual With U.S. Till Devyani Khobragade Issue Resolved: India Email this page
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New Delhi: India today made it clear to the U.S. that it cannot be "business as usual" between the two sides till the Devyani Khobragade issue is resolved.
This was conveyed by Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh to U.S. Ambassador Nancy Powell when she met her at South Block here.

Singh firmly put across to the U.S. envoy that "it is your process and you have to sort it out", sources said.

New Delhi's assertion assumes significance in the context of the January 13 deadline for the indictment in New York of senior diplomat Khobragade on visa fraud charges.

The U.S. said last month it is proceeding with the prosecution of Khobragade and has no intention of withdrawing the case of visa fraud against her.

India has been demanding the withdrawal of the case against her and an apology from the U.S. for the treatment meted out to the 39-year-old diplomat, including a strip search and detention with criminals after her arrest on December 12.

The incident led to strong protests by the Indian government and widespread indignation in India. At the time of her arrest, Khobragade was the Deputy Consul General in New York. She was subsequently transferred to India's Permanent Mission to the UN.

A 1999-batch IFS officer, Khobragade was arrested on charges of making false declarations in a visa application for her maid Sangeeta Richard. She was released on a $250,000 bond.

India retaliated by downgrading privileges of a certain category of U.S. diplomats among other steps.

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