Ex-Indian Dy. CG Devyani Khobragade stripped of her duties

Diplomat Devyani Khobagade who hit the headlines when as India's Deputy Consul General in New York she was arrested by the State Department and taken into custody before being released on a $250,000 bond after pleading not guilty, has now been stripped by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs of her duties as Director in the Development Partnership Division, for making unauthorised statements in the media. Khobragade has been placed under a 'Compulsory Wait'. It is understood that a departmental inquiry into Khobragade acquiring US passports for her children without informing the ministry has been concluded and her actions were found to have violated conduct rules. During the incident in America she was subjected to a humiliating strip search, was swabbed for DNA and kept in a cell with drug addicts after her arrest, before she was released on bail the same day. The incident caused a great deal of controversy between India and the US. Khobragade said she will not resign and justified talking to the media, saying this was under the ambit of her service rules that provided for them as long as they were 'personal views'.