Indian diplomat arrested for visa fraud in US

Indian diplomat arrested for visa fraud in US

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The deputy consul general of India, Devyani Khobragade in New York was arrested by law enforcement authorities after alleged visa fraud on December 12, 2013. However Khobragade has been released on a $250,000 bond after she has been pledged not guilty in the court.

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The 39 year old was taken in to custody on Thursday after Preet Bharara, the US attorney for the southern district of New York announced the charges of Visa. It has also been alleged that she has made false statements in connection with the visa application of an Indian national employed by her as a baby sitter and a housekeeper.

At the time of her arrest, Devyani was also serving as the acting consul general at the consulate General of India in New York . One of the courts has charged of visa fraud and another court has charged her of making false statements and carried a maximum sentence of ten years and five years in prison respectively.

Khobragade is a mother of two daughters and also a Chevening scholar and appeared in front of judge Debra Freeman for an arraignment hearing. The judge had read out the charges against her. During the hearing, Khobragad did not say anything but said that she agrees to the terms and conditions of the bail.

Photo Credits: Indian Express