Indian Slave Owner Devyani gets Cocky; Grab Her Quarter-Million Dollars Bail Bond Money

IFS Officer Devyani Khobragade gets CockyDisgraced 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.

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5 Responses to "Indian Slave Owner Devyani gets Cocky; Grab Her Quarter-Million Dollars Bail Bond Money"

  1. unknownvirus   January 15, 2014 at 9:26 am


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      Not yet.

      Got hijacked by a nearly due library DVD, the Kevin Spacey film Pay It Forward (Review coming in a few minutes).

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  2. alphaalpha   January 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Wonder how she fled the country if she is yet to get her passport back from the U.S authorities. Guess being a deputy consul general has its own set of privileges! Also, if her bail bond is held in forfeit, it is the poor Indian taxpayer that has to foot the bill, along with this woman’s mounting legal bills.

    I would guess that since she was ‘asked’ to leave the country after India declined to waive immunity, she would not be held to be in violation of the terms of the bail bond. Responds:

    1. Going by Devyani’s court filing on January 14 (attached with above post under Related Content), I suspect she is already or will soon be in violation of the bail bond.

    Bureaucracy is the same everywhere – The State Dept operates on a different track from the Justice/Court system.

    2. India and U.S. would have issued Devyani temporary travel documents to leave the U.S.

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