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Kudankulam: Govt defends German's deportation

delhi Updated: Mar 01, 2012 02:11 IST
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The government on Wednesday defended the deportation of a German national on Tuesday, saying his tourist visa did not permit him to participate in semi-political activities.

Protesting against his deportation, the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy convener SP Udayakumar had earlier in the day asked why he was not charged with an offence if he was indulging in anti-national activities.

Home minister P Chidambaram said Sonnteg Reiner Hermann should not have been allowed to enter the country since there was a look-out notice against him due to his activities on previous occasions. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/3/01_mar_pg8a.jpg

He, however, got past the immigration checkpost because some information was missing from its database. An inquiry has been initiated to fix the responsibility for this lapse.

"A tourist who comes to India cannot associate with activities which are semi-political and protest activities. That is not why a tourist visa is given," he said.

On the criminal investigations ordered against four NGOs, the home minister said there was reason to believe foreign funds were diverted from the purpose for which these were given.

In response to repeated questions if there was any evidence or information to accuse the groups of spending foreign funds to fuel the protests at the Kudankulam power plant, Chidambaram said: "I have not said a word about Kudankulam… I am not making any connection to any issue as of now."

Minister of state in the PMO V Narayansamy had earlier said the MHA had cancelled licences of three NGOs for diverting funds to fuel the Kudankulam protests.

Chidambaram distanced the home ministry from this claim, saying he wasn't aware what the minister had said.

"All I can say is accounts have been frozen. Two agencies have been asked to register cases… That is the correct position."