Disgraced NYC Indian diplomat and former slave owner Devyani Khobragade has started wagging her vestigial tail now that she’s safely ensconced in India, far from the tentacles of the U.S. justice system.
In a cocky motion filed today in court, former slave owner Devyani is seeking relief from the various charges that bedeviled her during the last four weeks of her stay in the U.S.
A senior Indian Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Consul General of NYC Indian Consulate, Devyani Khobragade was arrested on December 12, 2013 and charged with Visa fraud and making false statements about the wages to be paid to her Indian maid Sangeeta Richard. She was subsequently released on a quarter-million dollar bail with restrictions such as retention of her passport.
If you take the maid Sangeeta’s words, she was treated no better than a slave by Devyani. The maid was asked to work 94-109 hours a week at less than the legal minimum wages.
Following the intervention and machinations of the Government of India, Devyani Khobragade was transferred to the U.N., granted diplomatic immunity and kicked out of the U.S. last week.
Devyani Seeks Dismissal
Devyani’s lawyer Daniel N. Arshack today filed a Notice of Motion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York seeking dismissal of her indictment among other things.
Here are the items on which Devyani is approaching the court for relief:
1. Dismissing the instant indictment and proceedings
2. Terminating any and all conditions of bail previously imposed by the Court at her initial appearance in this matter on December 12, 2013
3. Exonerating any bail or bond previously posted on Devyani’s behalf to secure her freedom during the pendency of this matter
4. Terminating any arrest warrants presently or previously filed in efforts to secure Devyani’s attendance in any future court proceedings; and such other and further relief as this Court may deem proper and just.
The essence of the argument being put forth by Devyani’s attorney is that she is “cloaked in diplomatic immunity and has absolute immunity from any criminal prosecution in the United States.”
In other words, Devyani is saying that the U.S. courts have no jurisdiction over her since she has full diplomatic immunity.
Bail Bond – Big Problem
God, it is so unfair that an Indian slave owner should get away so easily.
I hope the U.S. prosecutors find a legal mechanism so that Devyani is forced to forfeit her bail bond and not get her passport back.
Devyani’s and the Government of India’s biggest concern right now is the quarter-million dollar bail bond.
Given her departure to India, she may be in violation of the terms of her bail and the bail-bond that helped to secure her release following her arrest on December 12 2013.
Besides Devyani, three other unidentified people signed her bail bond.