Washington: The US has sympathised with
Krittika Biswas, daughter of an Indian diplomat who has sued
New York City for illegally detaining her, but insisted that
she did not enjoy any diplomatic immunity.
"As I’ve said before, as a family member of a consular
officer at the Indian consulate in New York, she did not enjoy
immunity from arrest from criminal or civil jurisdiction under
international law," US State Department spokesperson Mark
Toner told reporters yesterday at his daily news conference.
"Certainly though, we value our partnership with India
and we attach great importance to the presence of all Indian
diplomatic and consular representatives in the US," he said.
"We sympathise with Ms Biswas and her family," he said
when asked if the United States would express its regret on
the treatment of the daughter of the Indian diplomat.
Toner said Biswas was allowed to contact her parents
during the night she was detained. "She was allowed to contact
her parents very soon after being taken into custody and she
was released the next day," he said.