Bim Afolami: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of India in the case of the UK citizen Jagtar Singh Johal; what reports his Department has received on the treatment of that person; and if he will make a statement.
Mark Field: Consular staff in India were made aware of allegations of mistreatment through Mr Johal’s legal representation. Our priority is to inquire about these specific allegations with Mr Johal in private. We take all allegations of torture of mistreatment extremely seriously and we will press for action appropriate to the situation, with the consent of the individual, avoiding any action that may put the individual concerned at risk. The Foreign Secretary raised the case with the Indian Minister of External Affairs on 23 November and Consular officials continue to reiterate our request for a private meeting with Mr Johal with the Indian Government. I have personally raised this with the Indian High Commissioner.