In anticipation of shut down, US Embassy had disabled ACSA website days ago
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With reports abounding that New Delhi was likely to further tighten screws as a fallout of the Devyani Khobragade incident, the US Embassy in the national capital had disabled the website of the American Community Support Association (ACSA) which runs an American Club and commissary services within its premises.
The commissary makes duty free food and other stuff available to diplomats and others members, while the club has a tennis court, movie theatre and bowling alley among other facilities. The Indian government is contending that since the services have been opened to a lot of non-diplomats as well it would need all the clearances required by any commercial service of the kind. The membership criteria has of late been diluted to allow US nationals working in India, Indian employees of the embassy and even some prominent Indians.
The move to shut down these commercial activities is seen as a reaction to Preet Bharara's refusal to extend the deadline for charging Khobragade in the visa fraud case.
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