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India ordered US Embassy to stop commercial activities over diplomatic row
Jan 09, 2014

Over the diplomatic row, India ahs ordered more reprisals against US embassy. India has asked the US to "discontinue" commercial activities being undertaken from its embassy premises in New Delhi by 16th January.

India's action comes ahead of the 13th January deadline for the indictment in New York of Khobragade, Deputy Consul General in New York, on visa fraud charges.

Acting tough, the government has asked the embassy to stop commercial activities undertaken under the aegis of the American Community Support Association (ACSA), including restaurant/bar, video club, bowling alley, swimming pool, sports field, beauty parlour and gym.

The US has also been asked to provide the tax returns filed by it with Indian authorities for commercial activities which are afforded through ACSA to non-diplomatic persons, including private American citizens and their families, government sources said in New Delhi.

Indian authorities have cited the provision of such commercial facilities to non-diplomats as a violation of Article 41(3) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.

The Convention states that "the premises of the mission must not be used in any manner incompatible with the functions of the mission as laid down in the present Convention or by other rules of general international law or by any special agreements in force between the sending and the receiving State."

It is also understood the US diplomatic vehicles will now attract penalties for all traffic-related offences such as unauthorised parking, red light jumping, dangerous driving, etc. 

Further families of American consular officials will no longer have diplomatic ID cards, an out of way privilege enjoyed by them in India. Families of Indian consular officials do not have any such privileges.

The US consular staff is now only permitted to import their requirements during the first six months on assuming office as is provided in the Vienna Convention for Consular Relations.

Previously, they were allowed to import their requirements over the three year period of tenure

About the issue:

A 1999-batch IFS officer, Khobragade was arrested on 12th December on charges of making false declarations in a visa application for her maid Sangeeta Richard.  She was released on a USD 250,000 bond.

India has been demanding the withdrawal of the case against her and an apology from the US for the treatment meted out to her.


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