UN issues accreditation for Devyani Khobragade

Devyani Khobragade
New Delhi, Dec 23: Devyani Khobragade, who had been arrested on visa fraud charges, has now been extended UN accreditation. Furthermore, she has been exempted from personal appearance in the US for the trial.

All moves by the Indian government to extend her immunity has come to a deadlock as she still have to face the charges sapped on her, despite the accreditation. She was moved to India's Permanent Mission at the United Nations to give her greater immunity. However, sources say that she stll has to face the music as she was a Deputy Consul when she was charged.

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said,"Receiving diplomatic immunity does not nullify any previously existing criminal charges. Those remain on the books. Nor does obtaining diplomatic immunity protect the diplomat from prosecution indefinitely. It relates to the status of a diplomat's current status for the length of the time of that status."

She further clarified that Diplomatic immunity means a foreign diplomat is not subject to criminal jurisdiction in the US for the time they hold the responsibility of a diplomat.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy has sought an extension of the deadline to file visa and other important details of people under its employment and by its officers in India.

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