In a further strain in New Delhi-Washington ties, Indian authorities on Friday asked the U.S. embassy not to screen movies at the American Centre without obtaining licence.
The directive will come into effect on January 20, sources said. At present, the American Centre screens movies for select audiences without licence.
The sources said the notice, which was served on the American Centre on Friday, set a January 20 deadline for compliance with Indian laws and Delhi government regulations. Failure to do so would mean the American Centre could not screen films from January 21, the sources said.
This is the fallout of the diplomatic stand-off over the handcuffing and strip-search of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade. But Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at a press conference on Friday, termed the arrest of Ms. Khobragade “temporary aberration” in India-U.S. strategic relationship, calling for a chance to diplomacy to resolve the issue.