By Edith Honan
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The teenage daughter of an Indian diplomat who says she was wrongfully arrested for sending threatening emails to two of her New York City teachers has sued the city for $1.5 million, claiming civil rights violations.
Krittika Biswas, the daughter of the vice-consul in the Consulate General of India in New York, was arrested and imprisoned for a night last year after gym and calculus teachers at her Queens high school accused her of sending lewd and violent emails.
The next day, Biswas was suspended from John Bowne High School and compelled to attend classes at "an alternate location without an applicable enriched academic program, and more akin to 'reform school,'" according to the lawsuit.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown dropped all charges against Biswas, who was 18 years old at the time, and ordered the records from the case sealed. A spokeswoman for Brown declined to comment because the case is sealed.
Biswas has denied sending the messages and her lawyer described the case as one of "mistaken identity."
A representative at the Queens high school declined to comment, and one of the teachers involved in the incident, Jamie Kim-Ross, could not immediately be reached.
Biswas claimed diplomatic immunity. Ultimately, she returned to India, where she holds citizenship, and has continued her studies there.
The lawsuit names Kim-Ross, as well as the principal at John Bowne High School, the city Department of Education, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and others. The second teacher was not identified by name.
A spokeswoman from the city's law department declined to comment on the case because she said the city has not yet been served with the lawsuit.
(Additional reporting By Basil Katz; Editing by Vicki Allen)