Uttam Khobragade, 61, is mad as hell over his diplomat daughter Devyani Khobragde’s arrest by the U.S. authorities in NYC yesterday on charges of Visa fraud and making false statements in the hiring of an Indian maid.
No stranger to controversy himself, the retired Indian bureaucrat, who belongs to India’s Scheduled Caste community a.k.a. Dalits, is screaming racial bias at the American authorities.
“It is nothing but a racial bias. It is simple and clear racial bias to harass the Indians,” Devyani’s father told Indian journalists.
Under normal circumstances, it’s not considered in good taste to highlight an individual’s caste, one of Hinduism’s worst elements.
But since Uttam Khabragade belong to the community of Scheduled Castes (Dalits), which has often faced serious discrimination in India, it’s interesting that he should be charging some Americans with racism over the arrest of his daughter.
But Uttam Khobragade is talking nonsense, absolute nonsense.
Because the U.S. Attorney who is responsible for filing the case against his daughter Devyani Khobragade is none other than an Indian-American by the name of Preet Bharara.
Bharara is a respected lawyer and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
In the past, Bharara has taken on some of Wall Street’s egregious offenders.
Devyani Khobragade faces serious charges and if found guilty will go to prison for a long time.
She has been charged with one count of visa fraud and one count of making false statements, which carry maximum sentences of ten years and five years in prison, respectively.
Media reports suggest the Indian government is working feverishly behind the scenes to resolve the crisis triggered by Devyani’s arrest.
Besides seeking an apology from U.S. law enforcement agencies, Devyani’s father Uttam Khobragade is urging the Indian government not to take the matter of his daughter’s arrest lightly.