Modi was the only person ever denied a US visa under the US law on religious freedom. But after his election as Prime Minister, the ban was revoked as heads of government or state are exempt from the law.
In September, US based rights group Sikhs For Justice had filed a complaint challenging the failure of the State Department to produce the documents in response to Freedom of Information Act request seeking records from June 2013 onwards regarding visa and entry to Narendra Modi. Urging US Court’s intervention, SFJ complaint alleged that “in or around 2005 defendant USDOS revoked previously issued B-2 tourist visa of Narendra Modi under section 212 (a)(2)(G) of the INA because while serving as a foreign government official Modi “was responsible for or directly carried out, at any time, particularly severe violations of religious freedom rendering him inadmissible to the United States”. In August last year, SFJ had filed a request under FOIA demanding release of seven key categories of documents relating to the decisions by the Bush and Obama administrations to ban and facilitate Modi’s entry into the US.(IANS)