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Jagtar Singh Johal

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 185981, tabled on 22 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will raise the case of Jagtar Singh Johal in his next discussion with his Indian counterpart.

Answered on

27 April 2021

We regularly raise Mr Johal's case directly with the Government of India, including his allegations of torture, his right to a fair trial, and concerns about delays to legal proceedings against him. We have emphasised to the Government of India the need for Mr Johal's torture allegations to be fully investigated.

The Foreign Secretary raised Mr Johal's case with the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, on 15 December 2020. The Secretary of State for International Trade raised the case with the Indian Minister for Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on 5 February. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, raised Mr Johal's case with the Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kishan Reddy and with Minister Prasad on 15 March during his visit to India. Most recently Lord Ahmad raised Mr Johal's case with the Indian High Commissioner on 16 April.

This Government will continue to look to raise our concerns about Mr Johal's case at all appropriate opportunities.

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