NEW YORK – After years of silence on the issue, a U.S. prosecutor born in India is opening up about scorn he has faced over high-profile cases in New York involving South Asian defendants, particularly that of an Indian diplomat that led one commentator in India to call him an "Uncle Tom."
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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara described the experience recently in a speech at Harvard Law School. He says one commentator questioned if he took on such cases to "serve his white masters." Bharara quipped his so-called white masters are presumably Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama.
Bharara has received such criticism for years for his prosecutions of South Asian- and Indian-born Wall Street traders. He says the attacks have been painful for him, especially because his parents followed them closely.