Krittika Biswas case: US should follow international norms to resolve it, says Krishna

Adis Ababa (Ethiopia), May 26: Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has asked the United States to follow all international norms, accepted practices and conventions in resolving the case of the arrest of a daughter of an Indian diplomat in New York City.

Speaking in an interview to ANI about the Krittika Biswas case, Krishna said: "I expect the US to follow international norms and well accepted practices and conventions" in dealing with the issue.

"I distinctly remember that I had intervened to get the girl released, intervened when I was in the United States and, subsequently we took it up very strongly with the State Department of the United States. Now that I have seen reports that the girl has sought legal remedies available in the US system against the infringement of her rights. It is a judicial process of the United States, and I cannot comment."

"But one thing I want to make clear, as a statement of diplomats, I expect the US to follow international norms, and well accepted practices and conventions," he added.

"Diplomatic immunity is defined in different countries in different ways and the US is bound by the laws of their own land, but we have taken it with the state department," Krishna said further.

Biswas has claimed she was falsely arrested and suspended for sending obscene e-mails to teachers at her Queens high school, and has decided to sue New York city for a whopping 1.5 million dollars.

In a notice of claim filed on May 6, John Bowne High School senior Krittika Biswas, the daughter of the vice counsel at the Consulate General of India in Manhattan, Debashish Biswas, said her claims of diplomatic immunity were ignored when she was cuffed and locked up for more than 24 hours on February 8 after a shoddy probe by administrators into the e-mails.

The White House has said that Biswas is not entitled to diplomatic immunity as per US Government rules.

Even after the Queens District Attorney dropped charges and expunged her arrest from the record, school officials booted the 18-year-old girl to an offsite suspension center for more than a month, according to the claim.

It was only after principal Howard Kwait found the real perpetrator that Biswas was allowed back into the school.

"The basis for this targeted inquiry was as criminally malicious as it was reckless," Biswas's lawyer Ravi Batra said during a news conference.

In addition to unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, Batra curiously suggested that Mayor Bloomberg could perhaps give "a key to the City to Krittika Biswas as a token of heartfelt sorrow for the unbecoming pain inflicted upon her."

Batra also claims that officers failed to read Biswas Miranda rights and "continued to inquire about her computer usage."

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