India Objects After NY Arrest of Consular Officer

NEW YORK (AP) -

India is objecting after a New York city police arrested a consular officer accused of submitting false documents to obtain a work visa for her Manhattan housekeeper.

Devyani Khobragade was charged Thursday with making false statements and visa fraud.

India’s External Affairs Ministry said the treatment of the diplomat was unacceptable. It says it will take up the matter “forcefully” through its embassy in Washington.

Prosecutors say Khobragade claimed the Indian worker would get $4,500 per month but paid her below the minimum wage.

The defendant is the deputy consul general for political, economic, commercial and women’s affairs at the Indian Consulate General. Her lawyer told a magistrate judge his client would challenge the arrest on grounds of diplomatic immunity. She was freed on $250,000 bail.