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Diplomatic immunity to Dr. Devayani Khobragade

January 10, 2014


Dr. Devyani Khobragade, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York, was accorded on 8th January 2014 the privileges and immunities of a diplomatic envoy under the terms of Section 15 of the Headquarters Agreement between the United Nations and the United States. At the same time, the U.S. Government requested the Government of India to waive the immunity of Counsellor Khobragade.

On 9th January 2014, the Government of India declined to do so and transferred Counsellor Khobragade to the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.

At the time of her departure for India, Counsellor Khobragade reiterated her innocence on charges filed against her. She affirmed her gratitude to the Government of India, in particular to the External Affairs Minister, and the people of India, as also the media, for their strong and sustained support during this period.

She also affirmed her determination to ensure that the episode would not leave a lasting impact on her family, in particular, her children, who are still in the United States.

New Delhi
January 10, 2013

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2 Comments
  • REALSTORY Wrote

    January 12, 2014

    FROM Washington: The United States on Friday said accused criminal Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who returned to New Delhi, no longer enjoys immunity and she and Indian government were told that an arrest warrant might be issued against her. "Prior to her (Devyani Khobragade) departure, it was conveyed to her and to the government of India that she is not permitted to return to the United States except to submit to the jurisdiction of the court. "Her name would be placed in visa and immigration lookout systems to prevent the routine issuance of any future visa and upon her departure a warrant may be issued for her arrest", the State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, told reporters. Ms Khobragade's departure from the US, she said, does not change the charges against her. On Thursday, she was indicted in a New York court on two counts of visa fraud and misrepresentation of facts. "The charges remain in place. There are processes that are standard processes in each of these cases, which we were abiding by throughout this process," the State Department spokesperson insisted.d States on Friday said senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who returned to New Delhi, no longer enjoys immunity and she and Indian government were told that an arrest warrant might be issued against her. "Prior to her (Devyani Khobragade) departure, it was conveyed to her and to the government of India that she is not permitted to return to the United States except to submit to the jurisdiction of the court. "Her name would be placed in visa and immigration lookout systems to prevent the routine issuance of any future visa and upon her departure a warrant may be issued for her arrest", the State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, told reporters. Ms Khobragade's departure from the US, she said, does not change the charges against her. On Thursday, she was indicted in a New York court on two counts of visa fraud and misrepresentation of facts. "The charges remain in place. There are processes that are standard processes in each of these cases, which we were abiding by throughout this process," the State Department spokesperson insisted...

  • Kinjal Sengupta Wrote

    January 10, 2014

    prayers and best wishes for Dr. Devyani Khobragade and her family during this tough time Satyamev Jayate - let truth prevail

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