British MP Debbie Abrahams knew of revoked visa before India visit: Govt

New Delhi: British lawmaker Debbie Abrahams‘ e-Business visa was revoked as she was involved in anti-India activities, and the cancellation was conveyed to her on February 14, government sources said on Tuesday.

The Indian High Commission in London also confirmed on Tuesday that Abrahams, who was denied entry to India and deported to Dubai on Monday, did not hold a valid visa.

Asserting that the grant, rejection or revocation of a visa or electronic travel authorisation is the sovereign right of a country, the sources said Abrahams was issued an e-Business visa on October 7 last year which was valid till October 5, 2020 for attending business meetings.

Abrahams, who chairs a British parliamentary group on Kashmir, was denied entry into India upon her arrival at the New Delhi airport on Monday.

The Labour Party MP had said that despite having a valid visa she was denied entry into India after she landed at the airport in New Delhi.

She questioned why her visa was suddenly revoked and also the possibility of a visa on arrival, something India does not offer.

‘Mission has confirmed from the Indian immigration authorities that Ms. Debbie Abrahams did not hold a valid visa,’ the Indian High Commission said in a statement on Twitter.

‘Further, there is no provision for visa on arrival for UK nationals. She was accordingly requested to return,’ the statement noted.

Abrahams has been a vocal critic of Indian govt’s abrogation of Article 370: Abrahams, who has been a vocal critic of the Indian government’s abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, posted what looks like an e-visa document on Twitter to show that she had a visa issued on October 7 last year, which was valid until October 5, 2020.

‘Once again the key questions are why was it revoked and when,’ the Labour Party MP questioned.

‘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,’ she added, as part of an ongoing social media row over the issue.

Abrahams was among a group of MPs who had issued formal letters following the revocation of Article 370.

“We are gravely concerned at the announcement by Indian Home Minister, Amit Shah, that Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has been removed by Presidential Order,” the Opposition MP noted in her letter to the UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, at the time.