In the frenetic behind-the-scenes negotiations on ending the Devyani Khobragade issue, the United States State Department offered a reduced charge of misdemeanour against the diplomat but the Indian side rejected it.

Two days after she flew back to India, it emerged that U.S. prosecutors were willing to reduce the felony charges on which Ms. Khobragade has been indictedby a grand jury. However, India turned down the offer as “[a] misdemeanour is still a criminal count…”

“For us,” a source said on condition of anonymity, “the idea that an Indian diplomat faces criminal charges was out of the question.”

Even an option requiring Ms. Khobragade to plead guilty to a lesser criminal charge and “pay $1.00” was unacceptable to the Indian side.

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