Saturday, April 5, 2014

US/India: Update--As NYPD Officer Faces Retribution, Khobragade, Father Face CBI Charge Sheet in Future

According to, as a follow-up to yesterday's posting entitled "US/India: New Delhi Seemingly Cannot Let Bygones be Bygones After Arrest of Indian Diplomat,"India's government in New Delhi seems intent in prosecuting NYPD Police Officer Manny Encarnación, 49,  who was arrested last month for possessing three live rounds found in his luggage upon departing the country.

COMMENT: As I said yesterday, Officer Encarnación was visiting his wife in India in an off-duty capacity and seemingly overlooked checking for any loose rounds before departure. 

In my experience as a federal agent, most foreign police departments understand fully that that active duty police often overlook ammunition when traveling abroad.

Presumably, "professional courtesies" apply to all counties with the exception of India. 

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has written a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry, blaming the matter on a diplomatic spat that followed the arrest and indictment of an Indian diplomat.

"This excessive act by the Indian government is clearly politically motivated in response to the arrest of India's then-Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade in December 2013 for alleged visa fraud," wrote King, referring to the arrest of the Indian diplomat in NYC.

Interestingly, effective today, April 5, 2014, the below link appeared in THE TIMES OF INDIA:

India's Bureau of Investigations (equivalent to the FBI) apparently is planning to charge both Devyani Khobragade and her father, Uttam Khobragade, in coming weeks in the Adarsh Housing scam, suggesting that criminality continues to swirl around the now-famous Indian diplomat. 
CBI sources said the charge sheet against the two would be filed in the next couple of weeks after the agency found "documentary evidence" to prove that Devyani obtained a flat in Adarsh Housing society on the basis of a false affidavit.    "It was Devyani's father, Uttam Khobragade, who executed a fraudulent affidavit on his daughter's behalf while she was posted in the US in which he concealed information about her already possessing a flat in Oshiwara under the government quota," said a senior CBI officer.                                                                                                           The Khobragades' imminent arrest will no doubt shed a very bright light on Devyani Khobragade and her increasing reputation to circumvent Indian and US law, both in India and the US.  One can only hope that continuing legal trouble for the Khobragades will benefit Officer Manny Encarnación, NYPD, as his understandable oversight seems superficial when compared to Ms. Khobragade's increasing legal troubles both in India and in the US.