Senior diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who returned to India last week after being indicted for visa fraud in the United States, arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday.
“I am thankful to my city Mumbai for the love and support,” Devyani told at the airport with folded hands.
She was greeted by Republican Party of India’s (RPI) workers at the airport. Her father and a retired bureaucrat Uttam Khobragade expressed hope that Devyani’s children and husband will be back in India soon.
Commenting on his political ambitions he said, “I have been in talks with the political parties for a while. I have good relations with all political parties including the Congress, MNS and RPI. I could fight 2014 elections.”
He also denied reports of the possibility of his daughter joining politics. He said, “Devyani will remain in the foreign service. No immediate role for her.”
Devyani’s welcome by the RPI is being criticised by the media and local people. many feel that since Devyani and her father’s names have figured in the Adarsh housing society scam and even the allegations against her in the USA are also very serious, projecting her as a victim may not be the right thing to do.
Her father had earlier refused to answer questions on Adarsh and their assets by saying that the Marathi media is casteist. He was attacked by the Shiv Sena for the remark.