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India revoked visa under Bangladesh govt's pressure: UK lawmaker

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

British lawmaker Lord Alexander Carlile, to jailed former Khaleda Zia, today said he was denied entry into under pressure from the Bangladeshi

Carlile was not allowed to enter last night for not having an "appropriate visa", officials here said.

Indian authorities gave him "no true reason" for revoking his visa and denying him entry into on his arrival here last night, Carlile told reporters here via video conference from the UK.

Asked about the Ministry of External Affairs' assertion that his intended activity in India was incompatible with the purpose of his visit as mentioned in his visa application, Carlile said it was "completely untrue" and a "lie".

He alleged that there was "intolerable political pressure" from the Bangladeshi to try and stop him from going to India.

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

"The did that and they ought to be ashamed of themselves, denying a British QC, a member of the House of Lords, entry into India," Carlile said.

MEA had said the British national arrived here yesterday without having obtained the appropriate Indian visa.

"His intended activity in India was incompatible with the purpose of his visit as mentioned in his visa application. It was, therefore, decided to deny him entry into India upon arrival," he had said yesterday in response to a query.

Rejecting the MEA's assertions, the member said he had a valid business e visa granted several days ago by the

"I told them in the visa application that I was coming for meetings as a and as the UK's of the Commonwealth right's initiative. They knew perfectly well why I was coming," he said.

He said he was coming to for two reasons -- to attend a press briefing as a in the team representing and to meet colleagues in a Commonwealth body that deals with human rights.

"When I embarked for India at yesterday, my visa was checked through the automatic system on two occasions. When I arrived in later and switched my phone on, I was informed that my visa had been revoked," Carlile said.

"The authorities at airport were very polite and helped me to return to the UK by another flight. However, the Indian authorities have given me no true reason for revoking my visa," he said.

He also alleged that the government had not allowed him to visit the country as he was Zia's

Carlile claimed there was "no admissible evidence" against the former on any of the charges brought against her.

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

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

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 16:15 IST