Devyani Khobragade Appointed Private Secretary to Minister Athawale

NEW DELHI (TIP): 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 chief said an order appointing Devyani was passed July 14.

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 Dec. 12, 2013, in the U.S. 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.

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