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Indian diplomat seeks dismissal of US criminal case

Published on Jan 15, 2014 6:16 AM
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Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade (right), accompanied by her father Uttam Khobragade, arrives at the domestic airport in Mumbai on Jan 14, 2014. A lawyer for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on Tuesday asked a United States (US) judge to throw out immigration and employment charges against her that led to a major diplomatic spat between the US and India. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A lawyer for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on Tuesday asked a United States (US) judge to throw out immigration and employment charges against her that led to a major diplomatic spat between the US and India.

The lawyer, Mr Daniel Arshack, argued that Khobragade's diplomatic status, granted by the State Department last week as part of a deal allowing her to leave the country, gave her absolute immunity from prosecution, even for incidents that allegedly occurred before her accreditation.

The US Attorney's office in Manhattan, which indicted Khobragade on Thursday, did not immediately comment on the filing.

Khobragade, a US-based consular official, was arrested on Dec 12 and accused of underpaying her housekeeper. News of her arrest and a subsequent strip search provoked protests in India and strained ties between the two countries.

 
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