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End commercial activities at Delhi embassy by Jan 16: India to US

India asked US to discontinue commercial activities undertaken at US embassy, as it’s a violation of Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Jan 9, 2014 16:16 IST
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India on 8 January 2014 asked the US to discontinue the commercial activities being undertaken from the US embassy premises in Delhi by 16 January 2014.

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The government of India has asked the embassy to stop its commercial activities being undertaken under the aegis of the American Community Support Association (ACSA), which includes bar, video club, restaurant, swimming pool, bowling alley, sports field, gym and beauty parlour.

As per the sources, the Indian Government has asked US to provide the tax returns filed by it with the Indian authorities to start the commercial activities and afforded by ACSA. The services were offered to non-diplomatic persons, which also includes the private American citizens and their families.

As per the authorities of India, the actions of ACSA are a violation of Article 41(3) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961, as it has given commercial facilities to non-diplomats.

This tough action of India came ahead of 13 January 2014, the date that has been set as the deadline for the indictment in New York of Khobragade, the Deputy Consul General in New York America on visa fraud charge.

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