New Delhi explained that Lord Carlile was refused entry to India because he did not have the appropriate visa
Lord Alex Carlile, a British barrister who is a member of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's legal team, was sent back by India soon after he arrived in New Delhi.
The British parliamentarian was turned back from the Delhi airport after his flight from London landed on Wednesday.
Lord Carlile was reported to have travelled to New Delhi to address a media briefing highlighting what the BNP calls "baseless allegations" against former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
New Delhi explained that Lord Carlile was refused entry to India because he did not have the appropriate visa, reports NDTV.
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"His intended activity in India was incompatible with the purpose of his visit as mentioned in his visa application," Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
"It was therefore decided to deny him entry into India upon arrival," he added.
A few days ago, the Dhaka Tribune contacted Lord Carlile via email regarding his Indian visa.
In his reply, he wrote: “Since I did not get the permission to come to Dhaka, I wanted to hold the press conference in India in order explain the complexities of Khaleda Zia’s case to the international media community.”
The high-profile British lawyer was appointed to the BNP chief's legal team in March.
Khaleda, who faces nearly three dozen criminal cases, has been in jail since she was sentenced in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in February.