Making it clear that visa fraud charges against Khobragade will not be dropped, US sources said, “The strength of the fraud in the case is very strong.” (Agencies)
“The case will be there against her, it will not be dropped. The charges will remain,” sources said, adding that the 39-year-old diplomat can travel outside the country if she gets full diplomatic immunity.
On the allegation made by Khobragade’s lawyer that USD 4,500 amount written in the visa application was Khobragade's salary and not the amount promised to the domestic worker, sources said the diplomat did not understand the form correctly.
"No federal agent goofed up in reading the form," sources said, rubbishing allegations made by Khobragade's lawyer Dan Arshack.
"It is clear that the salary details required on the visa application form are that of the employee and not the employer," they said.
There is no question of apology to India over the arrest of Khobragade, the then Deputy Consul General of India, in New York on December 12 which has led to strong protests by the Indian government and widespread indignation in India.
Khobragade was later released on a USD 250,000 bond after pleading not guilty in court.
The Indian government has demanded withdrawal of the case and an apology for the treatment meted out to the diplomat.
Sources further said that Khobragade's domestic help Sangeeta Richard’s family was evacuated to US because the Justice Department was compelled to make sure that victims, witnesses and their families were safe and secure while cases were pending.
Making it clear that visa fraud charges against Khobragade will not be dropped, US sources said, “The strength of the fraud in the case is very strong.”