US sources said here on Monday that more evidence was being gathered against the 39-year-old diplomat before the indictment is filed. The deadline for indictment is January 13.

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.

The Indian government has demanded withdrawal of the case and an apology for the treatment meted out to the diplomat. Sources said that the US government intended to proceed with the prosecution of Khobragade. The indictment will be brought, they emphasized.

Sources said that everything with regard to the Indian diplomat had been done by the book and that there was no nefarious motive. They replied in the negative when asked if Khobragade, who has been transferred from the Indian Consulate to the country's mission to UN subsequent to her arrest, enjoyed full diplomatic immunity at present.


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