A day after the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) denied entry to Lord Alexander Carlile, a British Lawyer who is representing jailed opposition leader of Bangladesh, Khaleda Zia, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has clarified as to why he was sent back.
Reacting to Carlile’s detention, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said he was detained because “he was trying to create some kind of problem between India and Bangladesh’s opposition party.”
“Our relationship with opposition is clear. When our dignitaries visit Bangladesh, we do engage,” added Raveesh Kumar.
Carlile, who is a British lawyer of Bangladesh's opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Khaleda Zia, was scheduled to hold a press conference in New Delhi on July 12.
A press release of his now cancelled media briefing said:
"Before one comes to the facts of the cases against my client (Khaleda Zia), I have to express my alarm about the control of the judiciary by the Government of Bangladesh in its various forms..In summary, in the various proceedings against my client there is no admissible evidence against her of dishonesty or other criminal activity... I can only conclude that the Government has itself behaved dishonestly, with a clear ulterior motive."
Meanwhile, Carlile has now hit out at the Indian government.
Issuing a statement Alex Carlile claimed that even though the Indian government knew the motive of his visit, he was detained mid air. He also said that he is expecting a full explanation from Indian government.
“Yesterday whilst in mid air I was refused entry to India. The Indian govt. knew perfectly well why I was coming to give this briefing and to meet the commonwealth human rights initiative. This is no way to treat a 70 years senior lawyer and Parliament,” said Carlile.
“I am outraged by the political interference in Begum Khaleda Zia's case on political grounds by 2 Govts And I expect a full explanation from Indian govt. I have the visa they granted me a few days ago,” he added.
MEA, Official Spokesperson said that Carlile was barred to enter India as his intended activity in India was incompatible with the purpose of his visit in the visa application
"Lord Alexander Carlile, a British national, arrived in New Delhi on July 11, 2018, 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," MEA had said on Wednesday.