IMMIGRATION and Refugee Board (IRB) of Canada’s spokesperson Melissa Anderson told Asian Journal that the IRB was forwarded a report by the Canada Border Services Agency last year at the end of November saying that they believed Gurmej Singh Gill was inadmissible to Canada and that was followed by the scheduling of his admissibility hearing for January 27.
Anderson said that the hearing had been postponed and “rescheduled for late February or early March and I don’t have a date for it.”
Canada Border Services Agency is responsible for referring requests for admissibility hearing to the IRB, an independent administrative tribunal.
Gill is a former Babbar Khalsa leader. Back in July 2010, Asian Journal reported that he was one of the 169 people on an alleged blacklist of the Indian Government whose names had been recommended for delisting. His name figured in the category of those with no criminal cases as “Gurmej Singh Gill, “Geja”, former militant living in Birmingham (UK).” According to the report in the Hindustan Times newspaper of India, the Punjab state government had forwarded the secret list to the federal government for delisting.
In 2001, Gill, who came to Canada to attend his son’s wedding in Surrey, was sent back by Immigration. The actual proceedings were kept secret both by Immigration, because of a section of the law concerning suspected spies and terrorists, and Gill’s then-lawyer Zool Suleman.
The Babbar Khalsa was banned by Britain along with several other groups as terrorist organizations in 2001. But Gill has always insisted that he has never had anything to do with violence.
Asked if Gill had ever been detained, Anderson said: “I do not know if he was detained or not because he never had a detention review before. Usually if somebody’s detained for more than 48 hours, Canada Border Services Agency also has to bring them before the Board for a detention review hearing and that did not occur.”