The daughter of an Indian diplomat has scored a $225,000 settlement from the Big Apple over her wrongful 2011 arrest on cyberbullying charges.
The settlement agreement, OK’d by Manhattan federal Judge John Koetl this week, also praises Krittika Biswas for being an honor student while at John Bowne HS in Queens.
“We have vindicated Krittika’s honor, Indian Diplomats’ honor, and India’s honor in the US,” her lawyer, Ravi Batra, said Wednesday.
Biswas, now 21, was suspended, arrested and forced to spend a day in jail during her senior year in February 2011, after being accused of sending profane and threatening e-mails to her teachers. Her charges were dropped after a male classmate was fingered as the real culprit.
She had sought $1.5 million in her 2012 suit against the city and school officials while alleging the investigation leading to her arrest was a “sham,” and lacking any real evidence.
Biswas initially demanded a key to the city after being arrested but never included the request in her suit. Her lawyer at the time had said getting a key to the city from then-Mayor Bloomberg could make it clear “that diplomats are welcome in New York.”
The details of the settlement were ironed out by Mayor de Blasio’s administration.
Biswas has since moved back to India. She is the daughter of Debashish Biswas, who was vice counsel at the Consulate General of India in Manhattan at the time of her arrest.