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NEW YORK: Even as the Indian establishment has stood by its diplomat Devyani Khobragade after her arrest and humiliation by the US authorities, there is no knowing how this episode will impact her career in the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) as other allegations in India surface against her.
But one thing is definite that she won’t get the US green card (because her husband is a US citizen) ever as things stand now after her transfer to the Indian permanent mission at the UN to give her immunity in the alleged visa fraud in connection with her maid Sangeeta Richard.
While her maid Sangeeta and her family – husband Phillip and two children – will definitely get the US green, Devyani will face prosecution if she ever enters the US in non-official capacity. She enjoys the immunity so long she holds the UN job. She will have to leave the US after her term expires, else she faces prosecution.
Devyani is married to Aakash Singh Rathore, a wine expert who is an American citizen. The two met in Berlin where Devyani was learning the German language at the Goethe Institute during her first posting abroad.
But the US citizenship of her husband will not help Devyani get the US green card and subsequently US citizenship because of the criminal case she faces once her immunity is over. She will never be able to enter the US again.
Devyani and Rathore have two daughters. It is not known where the daughters were born.
Rathore was born in the US and his family owns a winery in Michigan.
Though she qualified as an MBBS, Devyani joined the IFS in 1999. She is a Dalit from Maharashtra. Her father Uttar Khobragade is a retired IAS officer.