NCW seeks report from Indian HC in London on Verma
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 21:58
New Delhi: Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports, the National Commission of Women on Tuesday sought a detailed report from the Indian Embassy in the UK about allegations that senior diplomat Anil Verma, posted at the mission, had assaulted his wife.

The NCW sent a letter to the Indian Embassy in London and asked it to file a detailed report on the allegations within one month, an official said.

The government has already transferred the senior official back to New Delhi and said the matter will be "thoroughly investigated" and action taken accordingly.

Verma, a senior IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, is alleged to have attacked his wife after a heated argument on December 11, 2010.

Verma, Minister (Economic) in the High Commission has been questioned by the Scotland Yard on allegations that he assaulted his wife but escaped prosecution due to diplomatic immunity.

Britain had yesterday asked India to waive the diplomatic immunity for Verma but the government refused.

Under the 1961 Vienna Convention, foreign officials, their spouses, children and staff are protected from prosecution in their host country.


First Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 21:58

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