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Press Note

Washington, DC

              Mr. Shahrukh Khan,  the internationally renowned Indian film star, arrived in the United States by a private jet at White Plains airport near New York in the afternoon of 12th April 2012.   Approximately half-an-hour after his arrival, the Consulate General of India in New York received information that he had not been cleared by the US Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) at the Airport. The Consulate General immediately intervened with the concerned authorities for his early clearance, which was done within 75 minutes of his arrival.  Mr. Khan thereafter left the airport. The same evening, USCBP authorities, through an email to the Consulate General conveyed their profound apology for the incident. 

              In order to convey the deep concern that has been expressed nation wide in India over this incident, the Embassy of India has taken up the matter with the US Department of State and sought the State Department's  intervention to institute appropriate measures to avoid recurrence of such an incident  in the future.