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Angry India acts tough against the ill-treatment of its consul general Devyani Khobragade in US
India is taking a tough stand on the ill-treatment of its deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade in the US. As per the latest reports coming in India has stopped all import clearances for the US embassy including liquor. India has also asked all the US diplomats in India to return the ID cards. This is a move taken by India as a precursor to review the immunity and benefits enjoyed by US consular officers in India. Even all the police posts, traffic barricades near the US embassy on Nyay Marg in New Delhi have been removed.

Earlier the Lok Sabha speaker Miera Kumar refused to meet a US Congressional delegation currently on visit to India. Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and other key union ministers also ruled out meeting the US delegation. BJP's PM in waiting Narendra Modi too refused to give time to the delegation.

Khobragade is India's deputy consul general for political, economic, commercial, and women’s affair in New York. The 1999 IFS officer was first arrested on December 12 on the charges of committing fraud in the visa application of her domestic help Sangeeta Richard, an Indian national employed by her.

Khobragade, 39, was taken into custody on a street in New York as she was dropping her daughter to school and handcuffed in public before being released on a $250,000 (Rs 1.5 crore) bond after pleading not guilty in court. Not only this but the American authorities also strip-searched her.

The US has violated the international laws which say that a consular officer cannot be arrested or detained for the case which is pending on trial. Devyani Khobragade is eligible for 'diplomatic immunity', but the US state department is saying that according to Vienna convention on consular relations, Devyani does not cover the personal actions of the diplomats. Diplomatic immunity is the legal immunity and a policy which ensures that diplomats are not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under the host country's law.

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