Denial of visa to scientist sparks outrage in U.S.

By agencies   |   Friday, 24 February 2006, 08:00 Hrs
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WASHINGTON: Embarrassed over denial of visa to a top Indian scientist to travel to the U.S., the American scientific community has thrown its weight behind the applicant, saying this leaves a terrible impression about the country, just ahead of President George W. Bush's India visit.

The denial of visa to Goverdhan Mehta, former head of Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, had set off a major diplomatic flap in the U.S., a media report said on Thursday.

Besides Mehta, P Rodrigues, former chief of Indira Gandhi Atomic Research Institute, and leading agro-scientist PC Kesavan of MS Swaminathan Research Institute in Chennai have also been denied a visa.

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