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* Deported Sri Lankan politician to lodge complaint with the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka
Thu, Apr 15, 2010, 08:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 15, Colombo: Presidential candidate at the Presidential election in January and former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) legislator M.K. Sivajilingam is considering lodging a complaint with the Indian High Commission in Colombo over his deportation back to Sri Lanka from Chennai, India.

Sivajilingam, who was deported on Tuesday, is lodging a protest with the Indian High Commission in Colombo, media reports said.

Indian authorities last December also denied visa to Sivajilingam when he came to Chennai from London via Dubai.

Sivajilingam has been reported in the media as saying that he still has a diplomatic passport issued for legislators, which is valid till the newly elected parliamentarians are officially gazetted by the Election Commission.

According to Sivajilingam, he has obtained SAARC Travel endorsement in his passport from the Sri Lanka Immigration which is valid till November 10, 2010.

Upon his arrival in Chennai, India, immigration authorities had informed Sivajilingam that they had had received a Home Ministry notification that he is persona non grata and will be deported back to Colombo.

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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