Estranged wife of Indian diplomat wants to return
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 09:56
  
London: Paromita Verma, the estranged wife of former Indian diplomat in the Indian High Commission Anil Verma, has withdrawn her application from the British Home Ministry seeking permission to stay in the UK indefinitely on humanitarian grounds.

A British Home Office source said "Mrs Verma has withdrawn her application."

The application was yet to come up for consideration.

Paromita had moved the application after a fracas with her husband on a frivolous issue of a Christmas tree and in the fracas, Verma allegedly hit her after she punched him.

Following adverse publicity in a British newspaper, the FCO demanded that Verma be either stripped off his diplomatic immunity or be recalled.

The Indian government opted for the latter; and Verma left London on January 21.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), then, gave Paromita 31 days to depart from the UK. But she circumvented this notice by applying for extension of her stay to the Home Office.

The Home Office's position was, "The rules are that if an individual who is here as a diplomatic dependent submits a separate application, then they are allowed to remain here whilst that application is processed, and whilst any appeals take place."

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 09:56


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