NEW DELHI: Police have lodged a criminal case against three Israeli diplomats for allegedly abusing and injuring an airport immigration official, despite them enjoying diplomatic immunity, an officer said on Monday.
A scuffle broke out late Saturday when the consular officials were clearing immigration at New Delhi airport to catch a flight to Kathmandu, the police deputy commissioner in charge of airport security said.
“They kept on arguing with the Indian official at the immigration assistance counter. Once their papers were cleared, they verbally abused the official and when he objected, they pounced on him,” MI Haider told AFP. The trio were not arrested over the incident since they have diplomatic immunity but police have proceeded with a case against them. CCTV footage of the incident would be used to assist the case, he added.
Police were obliged to proceed with their investigation despite the diplomatic immunity, with the case to be handed to India’s foreign ministry before any formal charges are laid, Haider said.
“As per law, we have registered the case. It is for the foreign ministry to follow diplomatic rules and formalities. They can take a call on it.”
A case under section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the three Israeli diplomats, who enjoy diplomatic immunity, said a senior police officer.
Police said immigration official Somveer was Saturday manhandled by the three young diplomats, who were on their way to Kathmandu, after they got angry over a delay in immigration formalities.One of the diplomat also slapped Somveer and the entire incident was recorded on CCTV cameras installed on the premises.