Bangalore (Karnataka): Former Amnesty International India chief Aakar Patel was again barred from traveling to the US at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIAL), while a Delhi court directed the CBI to immediately withdraw the lookout circular issued against him . The Delhi Metropolitan Magistrate Court had allowed him to travel abroad and even asked the CBI director to apologize for preventing him from traveling abroad on Wednesday night.
Talking to the media, Patel said that the government held him back at KIAL late on Thursday night. “I don’t know why they stopped me. I will know about it in a few hours,” he said. Passing the order, the Delhi court had also said that along with withdrawing the LoC, a written apology from the CBI would go a long way in healing his wounds.
Despite clear directions from the court, Patel was stopped at the immigration counter of KIAL and the CBI did not remove his LOC circular. However, sources said that this could be a result of the court’s directions not reaching the KIAL officials. Soon after being stopped, Patel tweeted saying that the authorities were stopping him from boarding the plane.
Asked whether the action was politically motivated, he said he would first look into the explanation and declined to elaborate further. Patel was held in connection with the LoC issued by the CBI in connection with a case registered against Amnesty International for alleged FCRA violations. His lawyer had told the court that he was not named as an accused in the FIR and was never called by the CBI.