March 13 - India welcomes U.S. dismissal of charges against diplomat at the center of row between the two countries. Paul Chapman reports.
PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 The ruling of a U.S. court to drop all charges against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade is being welcomed by New Delhi. Her arrest, strip-search and indictment on charges of visa fraud and making false statements triggered a row between the two nations. India's foreign ministry is giving a cautious welcome to the U.S. court's ruling that she had diplomatic immunity at the time. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SYED AKBARUDDIN, SPOKESPERSON FOR INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY, SAYING: "We have noted that the verdict pertains to the indictment of 9 January 2014. This is good as far as it goes. We have asked our lawyers to examine it very carefully and understand all the details and then advise us." The note of caution is there because it's not yet clear if U.S. prosecutors could seek a fresh indictment. Khobragade was India's deputy consul-general when she was accused of overworking and underpaying her maid. She's now working for the foreign affairs ministry in Delhi. Her father says she should be able to return to the U.S. on clear terms. With India heading towards a general elections Khobragade's case is still very much in the public eye. Rival political parties have been vying to outdo each other in their condemnation of the U.S.