British MP denied entry into India; had inappropriate visa, says govt

Decision is expected to go down well with the Sheikh Hasina Government that hadn't permitted the lawyer into Bangaladesh

New Delhi: India turned back British parliamentarian Lord Alexander Carlile from the Delhi airport soon after his flight landed from London on Wednesday.

Lord Carlile, who is a legal consultant to jailed former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, was reported to have travelled to New Delhi to address a media briefing to highlight what the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party or BNP, calls are “baseless allegations” against her, reports NDTV.

The decision to refuse entry to Lord Carlile was an inappropriate visa.

“His intended activity in India was incompatible with the purpose of his visit as mentioned in his visa application,” NDTV quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar as saying. “It was therefore decided to deny him entry into India upon arrival,” he added.

This decision is expected to go down well with the Sheikh Hasina government that hadn’t permitted the lawyer into the country.

Lord Carlile told Dhaka Tribune that since he was not been permitted to come to Dhaka, he wanted to hold a press conference in India “to explain the complexities in Khaleda Zia’s case to the international media community”.

The top lawyer who held several judicial roles, was appointed to the BNP leader’s legal team in March this year. Khaleda Zia, nearly has 36 criminal cases filed against her that the BNP insists, are part of a plot to keep her and her family out of politics.

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