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* Former Tamil legislator denied entry to India
Wed, Apr 14, 2010, 10:51 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 14, Colombo: Former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) legislator M.K Sivajilingam was reportedly denied entry into India yesterday (13).

Another former TNA parliamentarian, N. Sri Kanatha had told Daily Mirror that Sivajilingam was denied entry to India at the Chennai airport and was due to return to Sri Lanka late last night.

Indian authorities last December also denied visa to Sivajilingam, who defected from the TNA and contested as an independent candidate at the January Presidential elections when he has come to Chennai from London via Dubai.

The Indian immigration officials have detained him at the airport and sent him back without allowing him to enter the country.

During the height of the war, Sivajilingam was in Chennai after taking leave of absence from the Sri Lanka parliament in October 2008. In December 2008, Indian government ordered Sivajilingam to voluntarily leave India or face deportation due to his controversial political conduct at the time.


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