NCW seeks report from Indian HC in London on Verma

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.

PTI



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

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