Now the US State Department would issue the relevant identity card to her after it is formally informed of her changed status.
The Indian diplomat, who was Deputy Consul General in New York when her arrest took place, was charged on two counts—of making false statement in the visa for her maid Sangeeta Richard and then underpaying her.
Ms Khobragade’s humiliating treatment by the US authorities after her arrest had evoked sharp reaction and India had reciprocally moved to withdraw certain privileges from the US diplomat working in the country.
She was last week transferred to India’s permanent mission in the UN to shield her from the actions of the US law department by upgrading her diplomatic status.
Though the State Department has said the immunity would not take effect from retrospective effect, and the law would take its course in the case concerned, the new status of Ms Khobragade as India’s diplomat in UN would secure her more privileges.
Taking a strong view of the US action against Ms Khobragade, India had asked US consular staff to surrender their identity cards so that they could be issued ordinary cards without any entitlement to any privileges.