US hopes row over Indian diplomat's arrest won't affect bilateral ties

Dec 18 2013, 12:19 IST
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Deputy Consul General in New York Devyani Khobragade was arrested by US law enforcement authorities on visa fraud charges and released on a USD 250,000 bond after she pleaded not guilty. Deputy Consul General in New York Devyani Khobragade was arrested by US law enforcement authorities on visa fraud charges and released on a USD 250,000 bond after she pleaded not guilty.
SummaryDevyani Khobragade was handcuffed in public on visa fraud charges before being released on bail.

General enjoys immunity from the jurisdiction of US courts only with respect to acts performed in the exercise of consular functions," a US State Department spokesperson said.

Eminent Indian-American attorney Ravi Batra said in the absence of a category for diplomatic foreign domestic workers, which exempts them from US labour laws, including, wages and hours, American laws must be followed to avoid both criminal and civil liability.

"Foreign nations who pay their workers at or near US labour rates are free from this risk. However, of 194 countries, most nations are below US-mandated hours and wage standards, and to this later group's diplomatic corps – they remain at high risk to be in the cross-hairs of illegality and reputation-suicide," Batra said.

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