British MP Debbie Abrahams involved in anti-India activities, govt justifies visa refusal
British MP Debbie Abrahams, who has been vocally critical about the Modi government's moves on Jammu and Kashmir was denied visa to enter the country because of her "involvement in anti-India activities", said government sources a day after the incident sparked controversy.
Debbie Abrahams was deported from the Delhi airport on Monday when she arrived on an Emirates flight to visit her friends and family. On Monday, the Home Ministry had said that Debbie Abrahams was informed beforehand that her e-visa was being cancelled.
The government sources reiterated on Tuesday that she was informed about the visa cancellation on February 14 itself.
Asserting that the grant, rejection or revocation of a visa or electronic travel authorisation is the sovereign right of a country, the sources said British lawmaker Debbie Abrahams was issued an e-Business visa on October 7 last year which was valid till October 5, 2020 for attending business meetings.
"Her e-Business visa was revoked on February 14, 2020 on account of her indulging in activities which went against India's national interest. The rejection of the e-Business visa was intimated to her on February 14," a source said.
Abrahams, who chairs a British parliamentary group on Kashmir, was denied entry into India upon her arrival at the New Delhi airport on Monday.
Labour Party MP Debbie Abrahams has since been attacked the Modi government and raising questions on the visa revocation.
In a tweet, she has now asked, "Once again the key questions are why was it revoked & when? Again, for clarity, I am PRO human rights and social justice. I will always speak up for people who are not afforded these rights including Kashmiris on both sides of the line of control. Very disappointing that a friend can't respectfully criticise another friend. Isn't this the sign of a healthy democracy?"
In her statement, Abrahams said she had presented herself at the immigration desk along with her documents and e-visa.
She said later several immigration officials came to her but none of them knew why her e-visa was cancelled. "Even the person who seemed to be in charge said he didn't know and was really sorry about what had happened."