Indian Consul General in New York has said the U.S. State Department is wrong in its reading of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and asserted that diplomatic immunity is extended to family members of consular officers.

Prabhu Dayal was speaking in the backdrop of the controversy raging about whether Krittika Biswas, the daughter of the Vice-Consul General in New York, had diplomatic immunity that protected her against arrest.

“The rulebook is here,” Mr. Dayal told PTI. “They should not have arrested her.”

Ms. Biswas (18), who claims she was wrongfully arrested on suspicion of sending obscene emails to her teacher, is suing the New York City government for $1.5 million. — PTI