No Goof-Up, Case Against Devyani On Firm Footing: U.S.



New York: The U.S. has rejected India's contention that it misconstrued salary details in the visa application of senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade's domestic help, asserting there is "no goof up" and that the case against her is on a firm footing.

Making it clear that visa fraud charges against Khobragade will not be dropped, U.S. sources said, "The strength of the fraud in the case is very strong."

"The case will be there against her, it will not be dropped. The charges will remain," the sources said, adding, if the 39-year-old diplomat gets full diplomatic immunity, she can travel outside the country.

However, if she were to return to the U.S. later on a visit and if she then does not have the immunity, she could face arrest on the charges against her and be prosecuted.

On the allegation made by Khobargade's lawyer that the $4,500 amount written in the visa application was Khobragade's salary and not the amount promised to be paid to the domestic worker Sangeeta Richard, sources have said that Khobragade did not understand the form correctly.

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Source: PTI