Indian envoy indicted, but prosecutor says State allowing her to leave US

from The Indian envoy at the center of a diplomatic dispute was indicted Thursday on criminal counts, but it remained unclear whether she would ever face the charges as the State Department apparently began clearing the way for her exit.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara initially said Thursday that Devyani Khobragade had already left the U.S. after being granted diplomatic immunity. But her lawyer, Daniel Arshack, said shortly afterward that she was still in New York…

The developments indicate the Obama administration is trying to find a resolution to ease diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and India, despite the federal allegations against Khobragade. She was indicted Thursday on two counts, of visa fraud and making false statements.

The diplomat, who was working in New York, was arrested last month, accused of underpaying her housekeeper and illegally concealing it.

The Indian government, though, claimed she was subjected to inappropriate and rough treatment, and retaliated on several fronts against the U.S. — including by hauling away security barriers outside the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.

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