India to take up issue of arrest of Deputy Consul General with US, says Syed Akbaruddin

New Delhi, Dec.13,: A day after an Indian diplomat was arrested in visa fraud case, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday the issue will be discussed with United States of America bilaterally, and expressed reservations on humiliating the mother of two children publicly,

“These are matters relating to diplomatic and consular privileges, which are covered under the conventions which are agreed to multilaterally. So we will take this up and discuss it bilaterally,” Akbaruddin told media here today.

“Different people can have different interpretations, but that does not mean that you can humiliate a young mother of two children publicly,” he said.

“These are isolated incidents and need to be resolved as they happen. There is no system in which everything will be covered in any number of dialogues. We do have a consular dialogue with the U.S. on matters of consular nature,” he added.

India’s Deputy Counsel general Devyani Khobragade, 39, was on Thursday arrested for presenting false documents for a visa application for her Indian origin babysitter and housekeeper at her home in New York.

On Thursday, she was taken into custody after she dropped her daughter to school at around 9 a.m. She was charged with presenting false documents and visa fraud, which has maximum sentence of five and ten years of imprisonment respectively.

The Indian Embassy in Washington reacted strongly on the issue and released a statement saying it “immediately conveyed its strong concern” to the US Government over the action taken against Khobragade.

The Indian Embassy in a statement said, “The US side have been urged to resolve the matter with due sensitivity, taking into account the Diplomatic status of the officer concerned.” (ANI)