Indian officials are seeking to remove an unidentified U.S. diplomat posted to India following allegations the American diplomat took "unilateral actions" to help evacuate an Indian family to New York who were embroiled in the still-unfolding drama of federally indicted Indian Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade.
India's request to have the American diplomat removed is considered the latest "reciprocal" action undertaken by India after Khobragade departed the U.S. Thursday evening, at the request of the U.S. Department of State.
Khobragade was arrested in December 2013 for making false statements in support of a visa application for an Indian national Sangeeta Richard whom she had brought to New York to work as a nanny, and for paying the Richard less than minimum wage.
The Federal District Court indictment carried the same charges for which she was arrested. The indictment also revealed accusations that Khobragade and others tried to "silence and intimidate the victim and her family and lie to Indian authorities and courts."
Indian authorities allege the U.S. diplomat, who is of a similar diplomatic rank as Khobragade, violated procedures when he arranged travel for Richard's family to New York.