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Debbie Abrahams: Visa by British Deputy Debbie Abrahams revoked for her ‘anti-India’ activities: government sources | India News

NEW DELHI: After a British deputy was denied entry to the country, critical of India’s decision to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, government sources said Tuesday that her visa was revoked because she was involved in activities “anti-india”.

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

Saying that granting or refusing a visa is the sovereign right of any country, sources added that Abrahams received an e-commerce visa on October 7, 2019, which was valid until October 5, 2020 to attend meetings of business.

“His visa was revoked on February 14, 2020, due to his participation in activities that went against the ‘national interest’ of India. The rejection of the e-commerce visa was hinted at him on February 14,” added the sources.

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The sources added that Abrahams was not in possession of a valid visa at the time of his trip to India and, consequently, was asked to return.

“There is no ‘visa upon arrival’ provision for United Kingdom citizens at the airport,” they said.

The sources said that, according to the rules, the e-commerce visa previously issued for business meetings cannot be used to visit “family and friends,” as stated by the British MP.

The Labor Party parliamentarian had claimed that he had a valid visa and was traveling to India to visit family and friends.

Abrahams was among a group of parliamentarians who issued formal letters after the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 in August last year.

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