'Mechanical' apology not adequate; India to take up SRK issue

Written by: Pti
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Shahrukh Khan
New Delhi, Apr 13: Reacting strongly to the detention of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan at a New York airport, India today asserted that "mechanical apology" from the US side in such cases was not "adequate" and that it will take up the issue with the highest authorities in that country.

On his way to address students at Yale University, Shahrukh was detained by immigration officials for nearly two hours after arriving from India in a private plane at White Plains Airport, which is about 53 kilometres from Manhattan, and was given immigration clearance after intervention by Indian Consulate General (CGI).

Immediately after the intervention by CGI, the US Customs and Border Protection authorities expressed "profound" apology in a letter to them.

However, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has asked Ambassador Nirupama Rao to take up the matter with the highest US authorities.

"Repeated problem for the same person followed by clearance on account of Consulate intervention and mechanical apology is not adequate," Ministry of External Affairs sources said. According to the sources, the letter by the immigration department said that SRK's name was "flagged" in the system and airport people needed approval of "senior" authorities to clear him.


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