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Washington: India’s strong reaction over the alleged mistreatment of its diplomat Devyani Khobragade caused “shock and disbelief” in the U.S., especially among those who have anything to do with the country’s foreign policy, as they had never expected such a strong retaliatory measure from New Delhi.
India’s unusually tough stand on the arrest of Khobragade has forced the U.S. to initiate an “inter-agency review” to look into the lapses in the high-profile case that triggered an uproar in India and strained bilateral ties. The U.S. departments involved in the review include the National Security Council of the White House, the State Department and the Justice Department.

“An inter-agency review is going on right now to look into the lapses that happened in the case,” sources told PTI.

In a tacit acknowledgement of the fact that there was a “judgemental error” in handling this case, sources said the inter-agency team, led by the State Department is “working 24x7” to get it resolved as quickly as possible. Now that the matter has landed in the judiciary, a lot depends on the judges too — for which the department of justice and the southern district of New York is being actively engaged. It is believed the Department of Defense has expressed displeasure over the manner in which the issue was handled.At a time the Pentagon is busy reviewing its policy towards the Asia-Pacific region, wherein India fits as a major player in its scheme of things and is eyeing to have a large pie in the modernisation programme of the Indian armed forces, the last thing it would like to see is any strain in its ties with New Delhi, officials said.

A 1999-batch IFS officer, Khobragade, India's Deputy Consul General in New York, 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.

The 39-year-old diplomat was strip searched and held with criminals, triggering a row between the two sides with India retaliating by downgrading privileges of certain category of U.S. diplomats among other steps.

The strong Indian reaction came as a "shock and disbelief", especially to those who have anything to do with the country's foreign policy, as they had never expected such a strong retaliatory measure from New Delhi.

Top officials of the Obama Administration - in particular those in the State Department, Department of Justice and White House - took it simply a matter of "enforcing" law of the land, which was exploited by Sangeeta to immigrate to the U.S.

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