Devyani Khobragade stripped off her duties in MEA, put Under `compulsory watch`

A file photo of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade

New Delhi, Dec 20: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has been stripped off her duties in the Ministry of External Affairs, days after she spoke to the media without seeking permission.

According to reports, the MEA stripped Khobragade off her duties as director in the Development Partnership Division, and placed her on “compulsory wait”. This means she has no job, although she retains her post.

Sources said that she is likely to be the target of additional administrative action. The ministry has stated that Khobragade did not take due permission before making statements and put her under “compulsory watch”.

The ministry is reportedly “miffed” with the IFS officer for not disclosing that her children have US passports. Her husband is a US citizen. A vigilance investigation is already underway against her on this count. She will be reinstated only after a verdict on her investigation is reached.

A 1999 Indian Foreign Service officer and mother of two daughters, Devyani Khobragade was arrested and strip-searched in New York in December last year on charges of ill-treating her domestic help Sangeeta Richards.

The incident had led to a major diplomatic row and strained relations between the two nations. Khobragade was allowed to return to India, but she still faces charges in the US and could be arrested upon return there as she now has no diplomatic immunity.

(With Agency Inputs)

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