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Controversial diplomat Devyani Khobragade named Private Secretary to Ramdas Athawale

News Agencies | Updated on: 15 July 2016, 16:36 IST

IFS officer and former Deputy Consul-General of India in New York, Devyani Khobragade has been appointed as the Private Secretary to Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale.

A source close to the Republican Party of India (RPI-A) chief said an order appointing Khobragade was passed on 14 July.

Her father Uttam Khobragade, a former IAS officer, is the national executive president of RPI-A, which is part of the Bharatiya Janta Party-Shiv Sena-led Mahayuti (grand alliance) in Maharashtra, and had joined the party in September 2014.

The 1999-batch IFS officer was arrested on 12 December 2013, in the US when she was India's Deputy Consul-General in New York on visa fraud charges and for allegedly providing false declarations in a visa application for her maid.

She later was released on a $250,000 bond. The incident had triggered a diplomatic row between the US and India.

--PTI

First published: 15 July 2016, 16:36 IST
 
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