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Devyani Khobragade case: US court asks Bharara to file reply by Jan 31

New York: A US judge here has granted Manhattan's top prosecutor Preet Bharara time till January 31 to file his opposition to the motion submitted by Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade seeking dismissal of the indictment
PTI January 18, 2014 22:35 IST
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New York: A US judge here has granted Manhattan's top prosecutor Preet Bharara time till January 31 to file his opposition to the motion submitted by Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade seeking dismissal of the indictment against her on visa fraud charges.

Khobragade's lawyer Daniel Arshack had on January 14 filed a 13-page motion in US District Court on 39-year-old diplomat's behalf seeking dismissal of the indictment, termination of conditions of her bail and of any "open" arrest warrants or requests for her extradition over the charges.

India-born Bharara wrote to US District Judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday seeking January 31 as the deadline to file the government's opposition brief and permission that the response be of up to 25 pages in length.

Arshack said that the prosecution should be given only 14 days time till January 28 to file its reponse to his motion.

Arguing that "a prompt resolution" of the case is "essential," Arshack said he does not agree with the prosecution seeking three more days till January 31 to file their response.