External Affairs Ministry strips Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade of her charge

New Delhi(PTI): The External Affairs Ministry has stripped Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade of her duties as Director in the Development Partnership Division of the MEA for making unauthorized statements in the media.

According to reports, Devyani Khobragade has been placed under a ‘Compulsory Watch’.

A 1999 batch IFS officer, Khobragade, India’s Deputy Consul General in New York, was arrested on December 12 by the State Department’s diplomatic security bureau, and then handed over to the US Marshals Service (USMS). Khobragade was taken into custody as she was dropping her daughter to school before being released on a USD 250,000 bond after pleading not guilty in court.

The 39-year-old consular officer was subjected to a humiliating strip search, was swabbed for DNA and was kept in a cell with drug addicts after her arrest. She was released on bail the same day.