Updated Jun 22, 2011 at 11:16pm IST
New Delhi: A day after Indian Consul General in New York Prabhu Dayal was slapped with a slavery case, the Ministry of External Affairs has issued a strong statement, virtually accusing the US government of targeting its diplomats and families.
The MEA in its statement said, "We are disappointed and deeply concerned that Indian diplomats and their family members, should be targeted in such a manner by a friendly country like USA. The treatment being meted out to Indian diplomats or their family members, has resulted in negative public perceptions in India with attendant implications."
"We are disappointed and surprised at the allegations against Consul General (CG) of India in New York, Mr. Prabhu Dayal, by his former employee, which appear to be motivated and baseless," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said in a statement.
He said Dayal had "impeccable personal and professional integrity" and India was "disappointed and deeply concerned that Indian diplomats and their family members, should be targeted in such a manner by a friendly country like the US."
Such actions impede the ability of the individuals in question to discharge their official responsibilities and cause untold mental harassment and anguish and they cannot be dismissed lightly, Prakash said.
In the recent past, cases involving Indian diplomats and their families have caused a strain in Indo-US ties.
Till recently, Prabhu Dayal was fighting with the US government on behalf of Krittika Biswas, the daughter of another diplomat. Now, Dayal is being accused of slavery and sexual harassment by his maid.
This year Krittika Biswas, the daughter of another diplomat in New York, was arrested and later released. The US government did not accept the Indian contention that Krittika was entitled to diplomatic immunity.
(With additional information from PTI)