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India asks US Embassy to remove 1 of its officers

January 10, 2014
Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government has asked the U.S. Embassy to remove one of its officers in an ongoing spat sparked by the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York.

An Indian government official says India requested Friday that the officer be removed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case.

The action appears to suggest U.S.-Indian relations are still tense, despite the U.S. granting Devyani Khobragade immunity from prosecution and asking her to leave the country after she was indicted on charges of exploiting her Indian-born housekeeper.

Press Trust of India, citing unnamed government sources, said India had reason to believe the U.S. officer, who holds roughly the same rank that Khobragade held as a deputy consular in New York, was involved in Khobragade's case.



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