Following India issuing a strong demarche to the US Ambassador in New Delhi and forcefully taking up the matter, the State Department said it was handling the issue. “We are handling this incident through law enforcement channels. We have a long-standing partnership with India, and we expect that that partnership will continue,” a US State Department spokesperson said.
US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, India-born Preet Bharara, announced charges of visa fraud, alleging that Devyani Khobragade made false statements in a visa application for an Indian national employed as a babysitter and housekeeper at her home in New York. “It was conveyed in no uncertain terms that this kind of treatment to one of our diplomats is absolutely unacceptable,” the Indian Embassy said in a statement after the Charge d’Affaires Taranjit Singh Sandhu met senior officials of the US State Department.