Indian Foreign Service Officer Devyani Khobragade, at the centre of a huge diplomatic row after she was arrested recently by the US government for allegedly underpaying her maid and misrepresenting her salary, might well be a wealthy woman in her own right.
She owns properties worth over Rs 8 crore in Maharashtra, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh.
In a February 2013 submission to the external affairs ministry, Khobragade had declared a total value of Rs 1.78 crore for the properties she owned.
She had said some of those properties were inherited from her father.
Business Standard estimates, based on enquiries with local village leaders and realty brokers, however, suggest the current value of 11 properties she owns would be around Rs 10.22 crore.
In her estimate, Khobragade had not valued three of her rural properties.
Moneylife, an online news and opinion portal, in a separate report on her assets, has valued the properties at Rs 6 crore.
When Business Standard contacted Devyani's father, retired Indian Administrative Service officer Uttam Khobragade for his comments, he hung up and did not respond to calls and messages. An email sent to Devyani's advocate did not elicit any response.
Text: K Raghavendra Kamath, Sanjay Jog and Aneesh Phadnis, Business Standard