Devyani Khobragade row: India orders 'more reprisals' against US

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Devyani Khobragade at an event in New York
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Devyani Khobragade was handcuffed and strip-searched in New York

India has ordered more reprisals against the US as a diplomatic row continues over last month's arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.

The US embassy in Delhi has been ordered to stop "commercial activities on its premises" and India said that embassy cars could be penalised for traffic offences, media reports said.

Ms Khobragade was detained on visa fraud charges and underpaying her maid.

She denies all the charges and has been released on bail.

Ms Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, was handcuffed and strip-searched after a complaint from the maid, Sangeeta Richard.

India has demanded an apology from the US over her alleged "humiliation".

The embassy has been told to shut down a club within its premises which includes a pool, restaurant and tennis court, NDTV news channel said on Wednesday.

The channel said the club, meant for use by American diplomats and citizens in India, was accepting outsiders in contravention of the Vienna Convention.

All US embassy and diplomatic cars would now also be subjected to local traffic rules, officials said.

The embassy has refused to comment on the developments.

Meanwhile, Ms Khobragade's lawyers in the US have requested an extension of the 13 January deadline for her indictment. But their plea has been opposed by the prosecution.

On Tuesday, Ms Khobragade's father led a protest outside the US consulate in Mumbai to protest against her alleged ill-treatment by the US authorities.

In the last few weeks, Delhi has ordered a series of reprisals against the US.

Security barricades around the US embassy in the capital were removed and a visiting US delegation was snubbed by senior Indian politicians and officials.

India is also checking the tax status of Americans working at schools in the country.

After her arrest, Ms Khobragade was transferred to India's permanent mission to the UN and has applied for full diplomatic immunity. The US is still reviewing the application, reports say.

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