Canada’s Immigration Minister, Marc Miller, admitted to an eight-year date discrepancy regarding the Canadian citizenship of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the slain Sikh leader whom India has designated as a terrorist for supporting the Khalistan movement.
Initially stating that Nijjar acquired citizenship in March 2015, Miller later corrected himself, saying that Nijjar became a Canadian citizen on May 25, 2007.
The error came to light during discussions with the Indian Government, where it was pointed out that Nijjar’s citizenship application was accepted months after Interpol issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him in November 2014.
An RCN requires the country where the accused resides to arrest and deport them, raising questions about the timing of Nijjar’s citizenship approval and his ability to remain in Canada from 1997 to 2015. Nijjar’s entered Canada using a fraudulent passport. Prior to this, he was detained by the Punjab Police in 1995, which forced him into hiding at his uncle’s residence in Uttar Pradesh in 1996.
Nijjar was denied asylum by Canadian authorities due to discrepancies in his documents, he presented an affidavit and medical records detailing alleged torture in India in June 1998. Shortly after, he reportedly married a woman who had come to Canada in 1997. She came to Canada sponsored by a different husband.
Indian authorities remain skeptical of Miller’s recent assertion, as the issue of Nijjar’s citizenship had already been raised with Canada and Interpol.
Earlier this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of being involved in the killing of Nijjar, whom he said was a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil.
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