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'US official made grave mistake'

NDTV Online

Devyani Khobragade's lawyer yesterday said US officials made grave errors during investigation leading to the diplomat's arrest on charges of visa fraud on December 12.
Mark Smith, the Diplomatic Security Services agent who handled the investigation and arrest of Khobragade, "simply made an error in reading the DS-160 form which supported the visa application for the domestic worker, Sangeeta Richard," Daniel Arshack told PTI.
"He erroneously and disastrously believed that the USD 4,500 per month salary entry on the form was Richard's expected salary when, in fact, it was clearly a reporting of the base salary to be earned by the employer, Khobragade, in the US," he said.
It was submitted so that US Embassy officials in New Delhi could determine that Ms Khobragade would be earning enough money to afford to pay Ms Richard the $1,560 per month (9.75$/hour for 40 hours a week) which had been agreed to according to the contract between two.

Published: 12:00 am Thursday, December 26, 2013

Last modified: 10:05 pm Thursday, December 26, 2013

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