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  • Kotkapura MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan (left) and Ropar MLA Amarjit Singh Sandoa. (Facebook)
The AAP MLAs were on a private visit when they were questioned upon landing in the country.
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23 Jul 2018 - 11:20 AM  UPDATED 23 Jul 2018 - 11:27 AM

Two Punjab legislatures from the Aam Aadmi Party were questioned by the Canadian immigration authorities before they were denied entry into the country and deported to India on Sunday. 

Kultar Singh Sandhwan and Amarjit Singh Sandoa were reportedly put on an Air Canada plane to New Delhi after they were stopped at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, Global News reported.

A Vancouver-based party spokesperson said though the MLAs were on a private visit in Canada the immigration authorities weren’t satisfied with their explanation of the purpose of their visit.

“What we have learnt is that both were to stay with the sister of Kultar Singh Sandhwan in Ottawa and she was waiting to receive them. However, after hours of questioning, she was informed that both were being sent back,” Sudeep Singla, AAP spokesperson in Toronto told The Indian Express.

Mr Sandoa, an MLA from the Ropar constituency, has been in news recently over his run-ins with the sand mining mafia and was hospitalised after an alleged assault on him.

He is also facing allegations of sexual assault on a woman and a court in India framed charges against him a day before he left for his Canada trip last week.

The state unit of the Aam Aadmi Party said they couldn’t comment on the reason behind the MLAs deportation before speaking to them.

The Indian Express reported that the leader of opposition Sukhpal Khaira has called a meeting of the party MLAs on Tuesday to discuss the matter.  

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