The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka has rejected the visa application presented by the Leader of the New Sama Samaja Party, Dr. Wickremabahu Karunaratne to visit India to attend the TESO summit scheduled to be held in Chennai on the 12th.

The Indian High Commission has not given any reason for rejecting the visa application. The High Commission officials have verbally informed Karunaratne that a visa could not be issued to him without making any comments in the passport.

Karunaratne has informed about the incident to the organizer of the TESO summit, Karunanidhi.

Karunanidhi’s secretary had informed Karunaratne that the matter would be taken up with the Central government of India and steps would be taken to rectify the situation.

Karunaratne is scheduled to be the only Sinhalese speaker at the event.

However, the other Tamil politicians who are to attend the summit have so far not had to face such a situation. (LNW)

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