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Devyani Khobragade appointed private secretary to Ramdas Athawale

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 Devyani Was Passed Today.

PTI | Updated on: 15 Jul 2016, 05:53:09 PM

New Delhi :

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 Devyani was passed today.

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 December 12, 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 USD 250,000 bond.

The incident had triggered a diplomatic row between the US and India.

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First Published : 15 Jul 2016, 05:49:00 PM