Indian government blasts ‘baseless’ suggestion it orchestrated Jaspal Atwal presence during Trudeau visit

The Indian government says any suggestion it was behind the presence of a convicted attempted assassin at a dinner held during the visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week is “baseless and unacceptable.”

In a statement issued Wednesday morning, a spokesperson for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said there are no grounds to suggest it had anything to do with an invitation issued to Jaspal Atwal, who was convicted in 1986 in the attempted assassination of a visiting Indian politician during a trip to Vancouver Island. Atwal was then blacklisted from travelling to India.