Dalai Lama visa denial dragged to South African court

October 18th, 2011 - 1:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Pretoria, Oct 18 (IANS) The recent denial of visa to the Dalai Lama by the South African government has been dragged to courts here.

In an affidavit before the Western Cape High Court, representatives of the Tibetan spiritual leader in South Africa said the country’s High Commission in New Delhi had declined to accept a visa application on his behalf on two occasions.

Then on the third occasion, the application was directed to a private processing agency. Since a reply to the request for visa was not forthcoming, the Dalai Lama eventually cancelled his visit.

He had been invited to attend the 80th birthday celebrations of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in Cape Town Oct 7. He was also scheduled to speak at other engagements.

Indian officials accompanying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said this matter, however, will not come up during his discussions with his host and South African President Jacob Zuma, since New Delhi considers it an internal matter of Pretoria.

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