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Indian diplomat in London investigated in assault of wife

Other News Materials 10 January 2011 14:23
India's External Affairs Ministry said Monday that it is looking into accusations that an Indian diplomat in Britain assaulted his wife.
Indian diplomat in London investigated in assault of wife

India's External Affairs Ministry said Monday that it is looking into accusations that an Indian diplomat in Britain assaulted his wife, DPA reported.

The envoy escaped prosecution by claiming diplomatic immunity when he was questioned about the incident last month by Scotland Yard, news reports said.

"The ministry and the high commission are carefully looking into the incident," ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said.

"It involves sensitive and personal issues pertaining to individuals," Prakash said. "It is premature to make any further comment at this stage."

The diplomat is alleged to have attacked his wife after a heated argument at their residence in London. Neighbours called the police after they heard the woman scream, the Daily Mail newspaper reported.

Officers quizzed the diplomat but said they were powerless to arrest him because of his diplomatic status.

London, meanwhile, asked New Delhi to review immunity rules in connection with the case, the Headlines Today news channel reported.

The envoy may only be charged if New Delhi agrees to waive his diplomatic immunity, but it has yet to decide on the matter.

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