Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who was arrested in New York last week over alleged visa fraud, was reportedly strip-searched and then put in jail with drug addicts.
“No comments,” was Ms Khobragade’s response when NDTV contacted her for her version of the events.
Ms Khobragade, Deputy Consul General at the Indian Consulate in New York, has been accused of lying on the visa application for an Indian national who worked for her for less than four dollars an hour.
She was reportedly arrested on the street while she was dropping her daughter to school and was handcuffed in public. She was later released on a $250,000 bail.
India had, last week, lodged a strong protest over what it described as “unacceptable treatment” meted out to its senior consular officer, and summoned US Ambassador Nancy Powell last week in that regard.
“We are shocked and appalled at what the US did. India is forcefully taking up with the US the treatment of the arrested diplomat. It is not acceptable,” the foreign ministry had said.
In a reiteration of its grave reservation over the manner in which Ms Khobragade was arrested, National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar today skipped a meeting with a delegation from the US Congress in Delhi. (Read)
Ms Khobragade, 39, who has two young daughters, is in charge of Political, Economic, Commercial and Women’s Affairs at the consulate.
She was arrested on the orders of India-born Preet Bharara, Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor, who said the high-ranking diplomat had presented false documents for the woman, Sangeeta Richard, who worked as a babysitter and housekeeper at her home from November to June, and lied about her wages.
The charges against her carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.