Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
03:57 PM Beirut time
30 °C
Blom Index
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
U.N. approves accreditation for arrested Indian diplomat
Agence France Presse
Indian Muslim activists burn an effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama during a protest outside the U.S. consulate in Chennai, India, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Indian Muslim activists burn an effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama during a protest outside the U.S. consulate in Chennai, India, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
A+ A-

NEW YORK: The United Nations said Tuesday it had accepted a request from India to issue accreditation to a diplomat in the eye of a legal and diplomatic storm between Delhi and Washington.

The US State Department must approve all changes in diplomatic status of foreign envoys on American soil, and it has not yet said how it will respond to the United Nations' processing the request.

India's deputy consul general in New York, Devyani Khobragade, was arrested by US authorities on December 12 on suspicion of lying on a visa application for her maid and of underpaying her.

The Delhi government and many ordinary Indians were outraged by her treatment, and Delhi wants to transfer her accreditation to the United Nations in a bid to strengthen her diplomatic immunity.

"The United Nations has received notification to register Ms. Khobragade as a member of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations," UN spokeswoman Morana Song said.

"We can confirm that the United Nations has processed this request per its standard procedures," she said.

As a consular official accredited to the United States, Khobragade has only limited immunity from prosecution and has been charged with visa fraud and making false statements about her maid's salary.

If she is accredited to the UN mission she will enjoy a higher level of protection and India might find it easier to bring her home.

Her arrest and subsequent treatment, she was held for 48 hours pending charges and underwent an intimate search on being taken into custody, triggered a high-level international row.

India responded to the charges -- brought by a New York federal prosecutor -- with diplomatic sanctions, stripping some US envoys to India of special passes that afford travel privileges.

Indian police also removed security barriers regulating traffic around the US embassy in Delhi, and anti-American street protests erupted.

US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed "regret" for the offense caused but Manhattan's US Attorney Preet Bharara has insisted he acted to protect the rights of Khobragade's Indian maid.

Home International
United States of America / India

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus

Baabda 2014
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Thursday April 24, 2014
View all view all
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
Michael Young
Michael Young
For Christians, blessed are the dividers
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
An Iran deal is close, but we’re not there yet
View all view all
Click to View Articles
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS