New Delhi: A day after British Labour Party MP Debbie Abrahams was deported from India, the High Commission of India in London, on Tuesday, confirmed that she was sent back as she didn’t have a valid visa even as the government said that her visa was revoked over her involvement in ‘anti-India activities.’ Also Read - British MP Deported: 'Pak Proxy,' Says Abhishek Singhvi While Shashi Tharoor Condemns Move
A major controversy has erupted over her deportation. While airport officials told her that her visa had been rejected, she has alleged that sent back due to her repeated criticism of the revocation of Article 370 in Kashmir. Also Read - British MP Debbie Abrahams, Critical of Government's Article 370 Move, Denied Entry Into India
On its Twitter account, the Indian High Commission in London said, “We have confirmed from Indian immigration authorities that British MP Debbie Abrahams did not hold a valid visa.”
“Further, there is no provision for visa on arrival for UK nationals. She was accordingly requested to return,” the tweet said further.
Separately, commenting on the issue, government sources told news agency ANI that ‘the grant, rejection, revocation of visa/electronic travel authorisation is the sovereign right of any country.’
“She was issued an e-Business Visa on October 7, 2019, valid till October 5, 2020, to attend 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 Her e-Business Visa was revoked on February 14, 2020, on account of her indulging in activities which went against India’s national interest,” the government sources added.
Reacting to the developments, the MP tweeted a photo of her e-Visa, asking ‘why it was revoked and when?’
In India, however, her deportation has evoked a mixed response.
Born in Sheffield, the 59-year-old Abrahams is an MP from the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency. She was to be in India on a two-day personal visit.