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Processing request to accredit Devyani to Permanent Mission: UN

PTI  United Nations, December 21, 2013
First Published: 09:02 IST(21/12/2013) | Last Updated: 09:04 IST(21/12/2013)

The UN on Saturday said it has received official notification from India to register diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who was arrested on visa fraud charges, as a member of the country's Permanent Mission at the United Nations and the request will be processed according to "standard procedures".

"The United Nations has received notification to register Devyani Khobragade as a member of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. The United?Nations is processing this request per its standard procedures," Acting Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq told PTI.

Haq, however, said he had no comment on whether the criminal charges against Khobragade would impact her getting a UN accreditation or whether she would now enjoy full diplomatic immunity in the case.

"I have nothing further to say at this time," he said.

Haq also did not comment on whether the UN has been asked to weigh in the issue, which has snowballed into a major diplomatic row between the US and India andm whether UN officials have been asked to weigh in under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties or Consular Relations on her treatment by the US authorities.

India had said it transferred Khobragade, the deputy Consul General at the Indian Consulate here, from the Consulate in the city to its Permanent Mission at the UN to give her full diplomatic immunity.

A 1999-batch IFS officer, Khobragade was arrested on December 12 on visa fraud charges as she was dropping her daughter to school and released on a $250,000 bond after pleading not guilty in court.

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