US judge denies request for delay in Indian diplomat case

January 9, 2014 4:19 pm
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In an order issued on Wednesday, US Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in Manhattan refused to extend the January 13 deadline by which a preliminary hearing must be held or an indictment filed in the case.

In asking Netburn on Monday to extend the deadline, Khobragade’s lawyer, Daniel Arshack, said it was negatively interfering with plea negotiations with the government.

But Netburn ruled that Arshack had only sought a delay of the preliminary hearing and that such an extension would not alter the deadline for filing an indictment.

Arshack said he and his client are considering their options.

Preet Bharara, the US Attorney in Manhattan, whose office is handling the case, opposed the delay, arguing that plea discussions can continue following indictment in the case.