A New York judge has set Manhattan District Attorney Preet Bharara a January 31 deadline to respond to a plea forwarded by Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade with regard to an alleged visa fraud case.

Devyani Khobragade

Bharara has reportedly been asked to file his opposition to the motion submitted by Khobragade seeking dismissal of the indictment against her on visa fraud charges.

Khobragade’s lawyer Daniel Arshack had on January 14, filed a 13-page motion in US District Court on 39-year-old diplomat’s behalf seeking dismissal of the indictment, termination of conditions of her bail and of any “open” arrest warrants or requests for her extradition over the charges.

India-born Bharara wrote to US District Judge Shira Scheindlin on Friday seeking January 31 as the deadline to file the government’s opposition brief and permission that the response be of up to 25 pages in length.