United Nations approves accreditation for arrested Indian diplomat
NEW YORK (AFP) - The United Nations said on 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 UN's processing the request.
India's deputy consul general in New York, Dr Devyani Khobragade, was arrested by US authorities on Dec 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 UN in a bid to strengthen her diplomatic immunity.