BBC Online : Charges against an Indian diplomat whose arrest strained US-India relations have been dropped by a US judge. Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled Devyani Khobragade had diplomatic immunity at the time of her indictment on visa fraud and underpaying her housekeeper. Ms Khobragade, who has since left the US, said through a lawyer she felt the rule of law had prevailed. India demanded an apology after she was arrested and strip-searched. Delhi said it was “shocked and appalled” at the manner of her arrest, and ordered a series of diplomatic reprisals against the US, including the withdrawal of a US diplomat from India. Uttam Khobragade, the diplomat’s father, welcomed the ruling by the US judge. “This is the happiest moment of our lives. I have always maintained that this entire issue was a lie. The work done by our foreign affairs ministry is admirable,” Khobragade told BBC Hindi.