This resulted in a stalemate for several days – as officials and lawyers from both the countries held a series of meetings in Washington, New York and New Delhi – after which both the countries agreed on the course of action seen on Thursday, as a result of which Khobragade flew back home late last night, sources said.

"While US was not willing to go below misdemeanour, the Indian side was not willing to consider this as a criminal act at any point of time," sources familiar with the conversation said.
    
"We tried everything in the book to see if our bottom lines met and our bottom lines did not meet," sources said.

Requesting anonymity, sources further said US started with felony charges and was willing to consider bringing down those charges but they still insisted that it would be a misdemeanour.
    
"And a misdemeanour is still a criminal count. For us the idea that an Indian diplomat faces criminal charges was out of question," sources said.
    
“Once we reached that impasse, the only option left for us was to pursue the route of getting the visa for her as a diplomat of the UN," sources said, adding that it became clear by January 8 that there was no meeting point through the legal route.

It is at this point that India pressed the Americans to accept Khobragade's credentials to the United Nations, which would give her the necessary diplomatic immunity.
United States, which had slowed down the process on her UN accreditation request, acceded to the Indian request. In fact, it had no other option left.

As a result, US sent a letter to Khobragade on January 8 accepting her UN credentials.

Well aware that having granted her immunity, US would have problems with the country's laws, on the morning of January 9 (local US time), the Ministry of External Affairs transferred her from the Permanent Mission of India to UN.

The Americans had stated that given the situation in which she is, it is better that she leave, sources said.

On the night of January 8, US sent a letter to the Indian Government to waive the immunity of Khobragade.

On the morning of January 9, India informed US about its decision not to waive off her immunity as requested. Soon thereafter, US asked her to leave the country.

(Agencies)

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