Centre goes to HC against US court order on diplomat

Days after a US court recommended that an Indian diplomat and her husband,accused of “slavery,illegal trafficking and maltreatment” by their former Indian maid

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: March 13, 2012 12:49 am

Days after a US court recommended that an Indian diplomat and her husband,accused of “slavery,illegal trafficking and maltreatment” by their former Indian maid,should pay nearly $1.5 million as damages to her,the Centre moved the Delhi High Court for a restraining order against any adverse directive involving its officials.

Contending that no US court had jurisdiction to entertain the case against diplomat Neena Malhotra and her husband Jogesh,the Centre claimed that the continuation of proceedings at the court in Manhattan would amount to “interference with the discharge of sovereign functions of the Republic of India.”

The petition,which will come up for hearing tomorrow,said: “No country or court outside India is entitled to interfere with the administration of Indian Foreign Services and any assistance provided to its diplomatic staff or their service conditions.”

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