New Delhi: New Zealand origin vlogger Karl Rock has been blacklisted by the Government of India for violating multiple visa norms, news agency ANI reported.
It is reported that, Karl found doing business on a tourist visa and his visa has been barred for one year. His wife, an Indian national who lives in Delhi has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court challenging the move.
The Youtuber earlier claimed that the government added him to the blacklist without giving him a reason after he left India to travel to Dubai and Pakistan, thereby separating him from his wife and family in New Delhi.
The YouTuber whose channel on the social media platform has over 1.79 million subscribers had on July 9 published a video titled ‘Why I Haven’t Seen My Wife in 269 Days #Blacklist”.
He said: “I left India in October 2020 to travel Dubai and Pakistan. When I left for New Delhi International Airport, they cancelled my visa without giving a reason. Then I went back to Dubai I applied for a new visa, quite surprisingly, they called in into Indian High Commission and said that you have been blacklisted, we can’t issue you a visa.”
“I have been to every single state and United Territory of India from Mizoram to Lakshadweep. I want to see all of India. It is my passion,” Karl Rock said.
In a tweet, Karl Rock addressed to New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern highlighting his “struggle” and a petition that he launched in this regard.
“Dear @jacindaardern, the Govt. of India has blocked me from entering India separating me from my wife & family in Delhi. They blacklisted me without telling me, giving reasons, or letting me reply. Please watch my struggle https://t.co/dq0Z98SCFw @NZinIndia,” he tweeted.