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American School under scanner for violation of visa, tax laws

New Delhi: The American Embassy School, located within the US embassy compound in New Delhi, is under the scanner for alleged violation of India's tax and visa laws - a fallout of the reciprocal measures
IANS January 17, 2014 10:28 IST
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New Delhi: The American Embassy School, located within the US embassy compound in New Delhi, is under the scanner for alleged violation of India's tax and visa laws - a fallout of the reciprocal measures taken by New Delhi to pare down the privileges of US diplomats in India over the Devyani Khobragade episode.

As the US and India continue with business as usual in the aftermath of the fracas over the handcuffing and strip-search of Indian diplomat Khobragade, reports said several American teachers, who are spouses of US diplomats, work at the American school without legal work permits in violation of Indian laws.

A New York Times report Thursday said the school has issued a handout to staffers saying that women teachers whose husbands would be teaching at the school should not reveal that they will be teaching too.

"The female spouse should not state that she will be working," the handout stated, instructing spouses to list their occupation on visa applications as "housewife", adding that "no sexism is intended on our part", according to the NYT report.

Khobragade, then India's deputy consul general in New York, was arrested Dec 12 for alleged visa fraud - charges she has denied.

In a reciprocal move, India withdrew several diplomatic privileges from US diplomats including airport passes and diplomatic ID cards and also asked to be informed about the number of teachers working in American schools in India and their salaries.

India has also asked that salaries that the US embassy and consulates pay their Indian staff be conveyed.