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Punish US diplomats with same sex companions: Yashwant Sinha

Statement comes in response to Devyani Khobargade's arrest in US

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With India cutting down privileges of US diplomats following an IFS officer's arrest in New York, BJP leader Yaswant Singh today demanded that the government take action against US personnel in India having same sex companions following the Supreme Court order against gay sex.

"Media has reported that we have issued visas to a number of US diplomats' companions. 'Companions' means that they are of the same sex. Now, after the Supreme Court ruling, it is completely illegal in our country, just as paying less wages was illegal in the US.

"So, why does not the Government of India go ahead and arrest them and punish them," Sinha said.

India has been upset over the arrest of Deputy Counsel General Devyani Khobragade, a 1999-batch IFS officer, on a street in New York over visa fraud charges as she was dropping her daughter to school. She was later released on a $250,000 bond after pleading not guilty in court.

India today retaliated strongly by initiating series of steps to strip US diplomats and their families of privileges including withdrawing all airport passes and stopping import clearances for the embassy.

First Published: Tue, December 17 2013. 20:10 IST