The Indian diplomat who was strip-searched after her arrest in New York City on visa charges involving her housekeeper has been transferred to India's mission to the United Nations, her lawyer and a former colleague said Wednesday.

It is unclear how such a move might affect Devyani Khobragade's immunity from prosecution. A U.N. spokesman, however, said the world body had not received the necessary transfer request for her as of Wednesday evening.

Secretary of State John Kerry called a top Indian official to express his regret over the incident, which has outraged India and put a chill in the countries' relations. India has revoked privileges for U.S. diplomats in protest.

- AP