Chidambaram intervenes in UK nun issue

Home Minister P Chidambaram Tuesday intervened to restore visa "without limit of time" for British-born Catholic nun Jacqueline Jean McEwan, known as Sister Jean, and made it clear that she can stay in India as long as she likes.

Last Updated: Jul 26, 2011, 14:41 PM IST

Chidambaram intervenes in nun issue

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram Tuesday intervened to restore visa "without limit of time" for British-born Catholic nun Jacqueline Jean McEwan, known as Sister Jean, in Bangalore and making it clear that she can stay in India as long as she likes.

The notice (for her to leave India) issued by the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO) was a mistake, presumably based on the ground that complete documents had not
been submitted, Chidambaram said.

He intervened today and directed issue of visa "without limit of time".

"Orders are being issued today. She can stay as long
as she likes," he said.

Sister Jean is popularly known as Mother Teresa of
Sumanahalli. She has been running a mobile clinic for leprosy
patients since 1982 and has been a resident of Bangalore since
then by renewing her visa every year.

She was recently asked to leave on the ground that she
did not possess a valid visa.

PTI