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US 'surprised' India diplomat case dismissed

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is expressing surprise that the case was dismissed against an Indian diplomat arrested and strip-searched in New York.

The case strained relations between the U.S. and India.

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Devyani Khobragade (dayv-YAHN'-ee KOH'-bruh-gah-day) had broad immunity from prosecution. She was indicted on charges of fraudulently obtaining a work visa for her housekeeper and lying to the government about the maid's pay.

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the State Department is surprised by the indictment's dismissal. She's referring further questions to the Justice Department.

The ruling leaves open the possibility that prosecutors could bring a new indictment against Khobragade.

She left the U.S. in January and now works in New Delhi.

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