AGENCIES, New Delhi: A day after British MP Debbie Abrahams was deported from Delhi airport, government officials said her e-business visa was cancelled before she travelled to India on account of “activities which went against India’s national interests”.
They also said she had been informed about the rejection of her e-business visa the same day, on February 14.
On Monday, Debbie Abrahams arrived in Delhi around 8.50 am on a flight from Dubai, but was told by immigration authorities that her visa was no longer valid. “In any case, previously issued e-business visa meant for business meetings can’t be used for visiting family and friends, as claimed by her,” the sources added on the British lawmaker who has been deeply critical of the government’s decisions on Jammu and Kashmir and the end of special status under Article 370.
The rules required a new visa, said officials. The grant, rejection and revocation of visa is the sovereign right of any country, they stated.
Ms Abrahams reacted on Twitter: “Very disappointing that a friend can’t respectfully criticise another friend. Isn’t this the sign of a healthy democracy?” She also posted a shot of her visa in a bid to prove that it was valid till October this year.