MUMBAI - The father of Devyani Khobragade on Dec. 19 threatened to launch a fast if "fabricated" charges of visa fraud against his diplomat daughter were not dropped and her honor restored. Uttam Khobragade, a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, said the arrest of his daughter was part of a conspiracy and asserted no fraud was committed by Devyani and no false information tendered by her regarding the salary to be paid to her missing housemaid Sangeeta Richard. He castigated Bharara for his comments which he said were against the Indian judicial system and "scandalized the process of justice in India".
"I will try to meet Sonia Gandhi, I will try to meet Manmohan Singh. If this justice is simply not acceptable, then I will go on fast," he said. "They have made a false deposition in the FIR that we mentioned $4500 as the salary of the servant. It was the salary of Devyani. The FIR is a false document. It was fabricated to arrest Devyani," he said. Khobragade said if at all any fraud had been committed, it was by Sangeeta. "Sangeeta made the application for the visa. Sangeeta put her signature on the application, she was twice interviewed by the US officials. Who got the benefit? Sangeeta got the visa. If there is any fraud, it has been done by Sangeeta Richard," he said. (PTI)