According to reports, Devyani Khobragade has been placed under a 'Compulsory Watch'. An MEA spokesperson said the administrative action has been taken in connection with an ongoing inquiry against her in a vigilance case.

Khobragade remains in service but she has no job. She could also face further administrative action, said sources.

The government is also believed to be upset with Khobragade as the IFS officer, who was at the center of a diplomatic row with United States last year, failed to disclose that her two children have US passports.

A 1999 batch IFS officer, Khobragade, India's Deputy Consul General in New York, attracted the media attention when she was arrested and strip searched in New York in 2013 in a visa fraud issue. The diplomatic relations between India and United States nosedived after the incident.

The 39-year-old consular officer was subjected to a humiliating strip search, was swabbed for DNA and was kept in a cell with drug addicts after her arrest. She was released on bail the same day.

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