23 February, 2018
On its part, the Ministry of External Affairs said it is investigating how Atwal got a visa to India even as Ministry of Home Affairs clarified he is not a blacklisted person and can move freely in the world and even in India.
Jaspal Atwal photographed with Canadian PM's wife Sophie Trudeau at an event in Mumbai on 20 February.
The news came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent his third morning in India meeting with six of this country's most influential business tycoons making deals that he says will create at least 5,000 new jobs in Canada.
Government on Thursday said that it would ascertain information regarding invitation to Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal from Indian High Commission.
"The High Commission has rescinded Mr. Atwal's invitation".
PM Trudeau said Atwal should have never received an invitation and blamed a member of Parliament for including his name on the guest list. Around 500,000 of 1.2 million people of Indian origin in Canada are of the Sikh religion and form a crucial electorate for Trudeau's Liberal Party.
Tensions between Canada and India have risen in recent years over Indian concerns about a rise in Sikh extremism coming from some of Canada's Sikh communities.
The prime minister on Wednesday visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar - the holiest site in Sikhism, and the scene of a bloody showdown between Indian forces and Sikh militants in 1984.
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"Canadian entrepreneurs are turning towards India to grow their businesses and Indian students choose our universities to do their studies".
Modi also said that he looks forward to meeting his children Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien.
"We take this very seriously".
The incident is particularly hard for Trudeau because he has been trying - unsuccessfully - to convince the Indian government that his federal cabinet does not harbor Sikh separatists.
Trudeau said over 400 Canadian companies are present in India and he has "no doubt that this number will increase in the years ahead". He was also associated with the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), which is charged with bombing the Montreal-Delhi Air India flight in 1985, which killed 329 people.
Let's play smart and leverage India's huge market, growing global status and people-to-people ties between India and Canada to get Ottawa to see things our way.
The story made headlines the following day as Trudeau offered assurances that Ottawa supports a united India and condemns violence, as he and Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan met Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh.
Noting the lack of a welcome from PM Modi, Toronto Sun columnist Candice Malcolm tweeted: "On official state visits to India, PM Modi personally greets and welcomes the Israeli PM, UAE Crown Prince and US President".