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Indian diplomat's daughter sues NYC, seeks $1.5m

world Updated: May 09, 2012 01:40 IST

An Indian diplomat's daughter, who was jailed for a day on suspicion of sending obscene emails to her teacher, has filed a lawsuit against the city of New York and her school authorities seeking $1.5 million in damages for her wrongful imprisonment and suspension from school.

18-year-old Krittika Biswas, the daughter of vice-consul in the consulate general of India in New York Debashish Biswas, was detained and arrested in February last year on the grounds that she had sent "offensive and sexually threatening" emails to her teachers in Queens's John Browne High School.

Biswas's lawyer Ravi Batra filed the 118-page lawsuit, which has 10 federal counts and 16 New York state counts, in the US District Court Southern District of New York on Monday.

The suit seeks at least $500,000 in compensatory and a million dollars in punitive damages, in addition to other relief.

The lawsuit is against 11 parties including the city of New York, the city's department of education and some of its officials, the principal and teacher concerned of Biswas's school and New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly.

"Hopefully, this lawsuit will aid all 1.1 million students in New York City schools to avoid false criminal charges and illegal suspension by NYC department of education when they are actually innocent," Batra said.