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India hits out at US attorney Bharara

Publication Date : 20-12-2013


The diplomatic row between India and the United States showed no signs of abating with India hitting out at Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara for defending the arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.

The External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid, said India was in no hurry to restore the privileges of US diplomats which have been scaled down in what is being seen as ‘reciprocity’ for the US action.   

India accused the US of interfering with the Indian legal system and said the only victim in this case is Khobragade and that the actions taken against her were in violation of the Vienna Convention.

“There were no courtesies in the treatment meted out to the diplomat, under the normal definition of that word in the English language,” said the official spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs, Syed Akbaruddin.

His statement was in response to a statement issued yesterday by Bharara who has justified the arrest of the Indian diplomat.

Akbaruddin said the US admission that it was necessary to evacuate the family of Ms Sangeeta Richards, the maid of Khobragade, "needs to be considered very carefully with regard to the implicit comment it makes” about India's legal system. “It needs to be asked what right a foreign government has to ‘evacuate' Indian citizens from India,” he said.



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