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India expels US diplomat after Devyani Khobragade's indictment

New Delhi/Washington : A nasty month-long diplomatic row between India and the US got inflamed on Friday with New Delhi expelling an American diplomat after Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, whose arrest had sparked unprecedented acrimony
IANS January 10, 2014 21:34 IST
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New Delhi/Washington : A nasty month-long diplomatic row between India and the US got inflamed on Friday with New Delhi expelling an American diplomat after Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, whose arrest had sparked unprecedented acrimony between the countries, was indicted by a US grand jury and left for New Delhi before she could be declared persona non grata or detained.

In reciprocal action, the US embassy was "asked to withdraw forthwith a US diplomat of similar rank as Khobragade", official sources said.

"We have reason to believe that the officer was closely involved in the processes related to the (Khobragade case) and the subsequent unilateral action by the US side," the sources familiar with the developments said.
The name of the expelled American diplomat was not known. The US embassy remained tightlipped.

Khobragade, 39, India's deputy consul general in New York, was arrested Dec 12 and allegedly insulted for alleged falsification of her housemaid's visa papers and violation of US labour laws.