Press Esc to close
Thursday 29 January 2015
News updated at 11:35 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28°C
Min : 17°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Father of diplomat arrested in US meets HM

New Delhi, Dec 17, 2013 (PTI)
Diplomat Devyani Khobragade's father Uttam Khobragade after meeting Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde at Parliament House in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo

The father of the Indian woman diplomat, arrested on visa fraud charges in New York, today met Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and was assured of the government's support.

Uttam Khobragade, father of India's Deputy Consul General in US Devyani Khobragade, said he had got an assurance of support from the Home Minister.

"He (Shinde) said it is our responsibility, entire government is with you. She has not done anything to be treated like that. What was done was absolutely atrocious and she was discharging government duty," Khobragade told reporters outside Parliament House.

According to the diplomat's father, Shinde said Devyani has diplomatic immunity and the government will ensure that no harm is done and she is safe and there is no restriction on her movement.

Earlier, BJP had asked the government to act in the matter. Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said it was a serious issue and the government should take up the matter with top US administration.

Minister of State for Home R P N Singh said there is a code of conduct with regard to diplomats and all countries should follow that.

He said Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar had refused to meet a visiting American delegation and the External Affairs minister has made his displeasure known to the delegation.

The Indian diplomat was arrested and handcuffed in public on visa fraud charges last week.

39-year-old Khobragade, a 1999-batch IFS officer, was taken into custody on a street in New York as she was dropping her daughter to school, before being released on a USD 250,000 bond after pleading not guilty in court.

The government had summoned US Ambassador Nancy Powell and issued a demarche in this regard.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A groom leads his horse in the equine pool after working out on the track, during early morning...

A groom leads his horse in the equine pool after working out on the track, during early morning...

A handler bathes a horse after a training session ahead of the Indian Derby in Mumbai...

A handler bathes a horse after a training session ahead of the Indian Derby in Mumbai...

Ladakhi women offering prayers during the inauguration of traditional Buddhist prayer...

Ladakhi women offering prayers during the inauguration of traditional Buddhist prayer...

A Police man takes pictures as the Raisina Hill which houses India's most important ministries...

A Police man takes pictures as the Raisina Hill which houses India's most important ministries...

A man walks on a snow covered path after in Srinagar on Thursday. Temperatures drop due...

A man walks on a snow covered path after in Srinagar on Thursday. Temperatures drop due...

A scene after light snow fall at Dal Lake in Srinagar on Thursday...

A scene after light snow fall at Dal Lake in Srinagar on Thursday...

Migratory seagulls are seen above the river Ganga during Magh Mela in Allahabad...

Migratory seagulls are seen above the river Ganga during Magh Mela in Allahabad...

President Pranab Mukherjee leaving for Beating Retreat ceremony from forecourt...

President Pranab Mukherjee leaving for Beating Retreat ceremony from forecourt...

School children perform during presentation of National Bal Shree Honour 2011 & 2012...

School children perform during presentation of National Bal Shree Honour 2011 & 2012...

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor during inauguration of International Bicycle & Fitness Expo...

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor during inauguration of International Bicycle & Fitness Expo...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523