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Setback to Devyani Khobragade as Govt strips Her from Duties

New Delhi, Dec 20: Taking an administrative step against diplomat Devyani Khobragade for her recent statement to media without seeking permission from the government, the Ministry of External Affairs has stripped from her duties as the Director in the Development Partnership Division of the department.

She has been placed on "Compulsory Wait", which means she is in service but has no job for now. She could also face further administrative action, say sources.

MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that the action taken against Khobragade has been taken in relation to an ongoing inquiry against her in a vigilance case.

The government is also believed to be upset with Khobragade, who was at the centre of a diplomatic row with the United States last year, failed to disclose that her husband is a US citizen and her two children have US passports.

The 1999 batch IES officer was arrested and strip-searched by the New York Police last December which led to a diplomatic storm in India. The politicians showed outrage against the treatment meted out to an Indian diplomat by the US police. 

She was arrested after her domestic help Sangeeta Richards accused her of ill-treatment. Following the Indian government's intervention, she was allowed to return to India, but she still faces the charges in the US and could be arrested upon her return there.

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