Skip to comments.Does U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara have something against elite in India?
Posted on 12/19/2013 5:34:40 PM PST by rovenstinez
Is there something being blocked in the US news, has the U.S. Attorney been carrying a vendetta towards the Indian Caste system and feels now that he has a lower caste in New York that he needs to teach an entire nation about Caste Systems and Human Rights. MY... I would say about 50% of the people who apply for visas lie throught their teeth. It seems that this case is being exploded for some kind of class on CLASS WARFARE. Maids..working for the elite?
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I’m assuming the maid sought out our justice departments. I’ve seen stories regarding other foreigners bringing in house help from overseas and face the judicial courts for paying them slave wages. It’s not an unusual situation.
This has little to do with caste - the diplomat herself isn’t caste-privileged from what I read elsewhere. Curiously, the nanny has her husband working at the US consulate in Delhi and the Indian government had alerted US authorities of a possible illegal immigration bid by her.
Diplomat’s arrest: US distances itself from Preet Bharara’s comments; India wants apology, case dropped
Dec 20, 2013, 01.59AM IST
NEW DELHI: The American “regret”, conveyed on Wednesday night by US secretary of state John Kerry, has left India unimpressed. New Delhi on Thursday clarified that it has two demands - that the case against Khobragade be dropped and that the US tender an apology for the diplomat’s humiliation.
This nudged Washington to follow up Kerry’s call with more overtures. Late on Thursday evening, US under secretary of state for political affairs Wendy Sherman called up foreign secretary Sujatha Singh to convey that the US government does not share US attorney Preet Bharara’s views on this case. She also offered a consular dialogue between India and US to resolve the problems of domestic staff and immunity issues.
Sherman indicated that Khobragade would get her new diplomatic ID card from the State Department. Khobragade applied for her UN accreditation on Thursday and expects to get it in a day, following which she will apply to State Department for her US ID card. Indians are now confident she will get it within days, which will grant her full diplomatic immunity.
That will also enable her to retrieve her passport and India could bring her back or post her elsewhere. For the longer term, India has asked the US for full diplomatic immunity to be extended to all consular officials of both countries. At present, Indian officials in consulates don’t enjoy immunity, while after India’s retaliatory steps, US officials have been denied theirs.
India is also keen that the US makes necessary amends to bring back bilateral ties on an even keel. While demanding that the Khobragade case be dropped, foreign minister Salman Khurshid also said, “Our relationship has a lot of investment, it is an irreversible matter and we have to deal with it sensibly.”
Khurshid said the only logical step the US can take at this point is to drop the case against Khobragade. “The case does not deserve to be pursued,” he told journalists. Earlier, minister for parliamentary affairs Kamal Nath said that India was expecting an apology from the US.
Although John Kerry tried the healing touch by expressing regret over the treatment in a phone call to India’s National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, New Delhi indicated it was not enough. In fact, India snubbed Kerry by not making available his counterpart, Salman Khurshid, and said nothing short of an outright apology would suffice.
The White House too stepped into the picture after President Obama was briefed about the spat. The President’s spokesman Jay Carney repeated the State Department brief about understanding “that this is a sensitive issue for many in India, and we are looking into the intake procedures surrounding this arrest,” but a more sincere expression of unqualified regret and contrition were absent.
On not taking Kerry’s call, Khurshid said, “I was not available when John Kerry called. We are trying to lock a time for a call this evening or may be tomorrow. Kerry is in the Philippines and there is a huge time difference.” He added he was “looking forward” to the conversation.
The window of opportunity for both countries is actually until the indictment hearing on the case which is scheduled for early January. The Indian priority is to retrieve Khobragade’s diplomatic passport so she can be brought back to India. Khobragade had to submit her passport to the court and furnish a $250,000 bond, signed by other diplomatic colleagues, also unprecedented.
Sources said the US could utilize the transfer of Khobragade to the UN mission as a way to restore full diplomatic immunity and tell Bharara’s office that the case does not hold and be allowed to lapse. Since India has not contested the fact that there was a discrepancy in the statements made by Khobragade for the visas, it is possible the Indian government could use this to get Khobragade out of the US.
The maid, Sangeeta Richard could continue to file another case against Khobragade at another court. Even if the State Department agrees to a change in Khobragade’s immunity status, she would continue to be dogged by court summons.
Indians point to two instances. In the first, Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor in Lahore who had been arrested for murder was declared to have full diplomatic immunity by no less than US president Barack Obama. Lahore is a consular post, and by US law Davis was not eligible for immunity.
The second is a more recent case. A group of Russian diplomats targeted by Preet Bharara’s office for social security fraud were not arrested at the last minute, because the State Department stepped in and told Bharara’s office that all of them enjoyed full diplomatic immunity, even though many of the diplomats were nowhere as senior as Khobragade.
In recent times, former ISI chief Shuja Pasha was also declared to have full immunity, even though he was listed as an accused in a 26/11 case in a New York court. Sources said it happened because Pakistan threatened to cut off intelligence cooperation. India and US are yet to get to that stage.
This “diplomat” was involved in visa fraud and domestic slavery at a minimum, and very likely human trafficking. She’s well connected, so the corrupt Indian government is throwing a tantrum. If they continue to harass Americans at our consulates, we should close the visa sections at those consulates. No more visas for Indian tech nerds who steal jobs from American grads. No more student visas for rich Indian kids. No more business visas for shady Indian businessmen—ever notice how often they seem to be involved in insider trading and other crooked business? If another Indian national never set foot in the USA, we would not be the worse for it.
You sound like you popped a blood vessel.
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