"The United Nations has received notification to register Devyani Khobragade as a member of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. The United Nations is processing this request per its standard procedures," Acting Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq said.

Haq, however, avoided commenting on whether the criminal charges against Khobragade would impact her getting a UN accreditation or whether she would now enjoy full diplomatic immunity in the case. "I have nothing further to say at this time," he said.

Haq also did not comment on whether UN has been asked to weigh in the issue, which has snowballed into a major diplomatic row between US and India and whether UN officials have been asked to weigh in under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties or Consular Relations on her treatment by US authorities.

India had said it transferred Khobragade, the Deputy Consul General at the Indian Consulate in New York, from the Consulate in the city to its Permanent Mission at UN to give her full diplomatic immunity.   

Khobragade, a 1999-batch IFS officer, was arrested on December 12 on visa fraud charges. She was later released on a USD 250,000 bond after pleading not guilty in court.


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