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Devyani Khobragade had full diplomatic immunity at the time of arrest

PTI [Updated: 26 Dec 2013, 17:12:08]
devyani khobragade had full diplomatic immunity at the time of arrest- India Tv
devyani khobragade had full diplomatic immunity at the time of arrest
New Delhi: In a new twist, it has now emerged that senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade enjoyed full diplomatic immunity including from personal arrest and detention on December 12 when she was taken into custody by the US authorities in a visa fraud case.  

39-year-old Khobragade, who was posted as Deputy Consul General in New York, was also accredited as an “Advisor to the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations” by the UN w.e.f. 26th August 2013 and her status as an Advisor was valid until 31 December 2013.

The accreditation was for the UN General Assembly 2013.

Under the “Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations”, Article 4 Section 11A specifies “Immunities from personal arrest or detention and from the seizure of their personal baggage” of all representatives of members to the UN and further the Article specifies that the expression “Representative” shall be deemed to include all Delegates, Deputy Delegates, Advisors, Technical Experts and Secretaries of delegations.

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