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External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday said India has given three days to the American diplomat, who was asked to leave in retaliation to the treatment meted out to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade. He also added that the concerned diplomat, who is of the same rank as Khobragade, would not be forcefully expelled. A U.S. diplomat, who is believed to be deeply involved in manipulating the case against Khobragade, has also been expelled and asked to leave in 48 hours, in retaliation against the arrest, humiliation and expulsion of Khobragade. Devyani Khobragade, 39, who was India’s deputy consul-general in New York, was arrested in December on charges of visa fraud and lying to U.S. authorities about what she paid her housekeeper. Khobragade’s arrest and strip-search provoked protests in India and dealt a serious blow to U.S. efforts to strengthen ties.

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