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'British MP Carlile wanted to indulge in 'political acts' in India: MHA officials'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

British lawmaker Lord Alexander was denied entry into as he wanted to indulge in "political acts" by addressing a press conference, which is violation of his visa conditions, officials said today.

The comments came after Carlile,to jailed former Khaleda Zia, said Indian authoritiesgave him "no true reason" for revoking his visa and denying him entry into on his arrival here last night.

"Addressing a press conference is a political act. No country issues visa for indulging in political activities. Mr Carlile's visa was not for addressing the press," an said.

The queried whyIndia should allow a foreign national to address a press conference on an issue which is about a third country's

"Issuing visa does not strip the host of its right to stop a foreign national from entering the country," another said.

allegedthere was "intolerable political pressure" from the to try and stop him from going to India.

"The government called in the Acting Indian High in and asked him to urge the to refuse me entry", he alleged.

"The did that and they ought to be ashamed of themselves, denying a British QC (Queen's Counsel), a member of the House of Lords, entry into India," said.

There are several cases pending against Zia, including of graft.

Her party, the Nationalist Party, claims that the cases are politically motivated to keep its out of the national elections scheduled for December.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 18:30 IST