Indian Diplomat Charged with Visa Fraud by the DOJ

from Diptosh Majumdar'a twitter feed:


"Devyani Khobragade incident shows how regressive we are as a nation. Our nationalism comes alive to defend a diplomat underpaying her maid."

The Indian media is abuzz with the arrest of a senior diplomat who is alleged to have falsified visa paperwork to bring her maid to New York City on a special visa (A-3) for diplomats' servants.  Deputy Cousul General Devyani Khobragade reported to the U.S. State Department that her maid would be receiving $4,500/month but forced her maid to sign a bond contract in India stating that she would receive $600/month.

Most of the coverage revolves around whether she should or should not have been arrested.  However, an Indian writer and poet has made an unsurprising connection to the recent $43M fine levied against Infosys by the DOJ.

"The message is clear and loud that if Indian diplomats are not spared of immunity for such transgressions, then the likelihood of top executives of companies that are often

seen perpetuating visa fraud might actually find themselves behind bars, instead of the safer, out of court settlements?"

Many of the comments on this event reflect Indians' desire to have a country and a population whom follow the laws of the land, despite one's status. I couldn't agree more with Mr. Swami.

Halkat Swami (Varanasi)
18 Dec, 2013 01:02 AM
READ CAREFULLY ------------- YOU COMMIT A CRIME ON AMERICAN LAND AND YOU FACE CONSEQUENCES. AMERICA IS NOT INDIA. THERE IS NO FAVORITISM. NO MINISTER CAN CALL. NO CHUMACHAGIRI. PREET BAHARA IS A VERY WELL RESPCETD U.S. ATTORYNEY AND HAS A HIGH CONVICTION RATE. ALL THIS NOISE WILL BE IN VAIN.............. BETTER THINGS DO IN INDIA -------------- 1. INDIAN GOVERNMENT AND CORRUPT POLITICIANS TREAT INDIAN PEOPLE MUCH WORSE IN INDIA ON A DAILY BASIS. THEY SHOULD START PAYING ATTENTION TO THEIR CRIMES. 2. AMERICA IS NOT THE BAD GUY. FOCUS ON PAKISTANI TERRORISTS THAT INDIAN GOVERNMENT IS MEEK ON. FIGHT THE REAL BAD GUYS INSTEAD OF GIVING JUST PROTEST LETTERS TO PAKISTANI AMBASSADOR 3. FOCUS ON BETTER GOVERNANCE INSTEAD OF CORRUPTION, NATION LOOTING AND INSTALLING YOUR STUPID CHILDREN IN POWER


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