Prime News, National (New Delhi), February 23:- Jaspal Atwal, whose presence at an event attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became a huge embarrassment for the visiting delegation, was not on the Home Ministry’s much-pruned blacklist of individuals banned from entering the country.
Canada has described the invitation to Jaspal Atwal an oversight by its officials. But New Delhi says it is still trying to figure how its officials ended up giving a visa to the man convicted for trying to kill the then Punjab Minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in 1986.
The Home Ministry, which maintains a secret list of blacklisted individuals, says Jaspal Atwal wasn’t on this list for Indian-origin foreigners from Punjab, according to news agency IANS.
But it is trying to confirm when he got off the list. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).