Kathmandu: Influential Nepali politician Amresh Singh, blamed for the deportation of his wife Neetu Singh, an FTII student from India has claimed he was being "unnecessarily victimised" in the entire episode.
Singh, former lawmaker and influential leader of the ruling Nepali Congress, denied that he was behind the deportation of his wife, a fourth year student at the Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
Singh, who is currently enrolled as a PhD student at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, said: "This is a premeditated and prejudiced campaign aimed at vilifying me".
He told the Kathmandu Post yesterday upon his arrival from New Delhi that he was being "unnecessarily victimised" after his estranged wife was deported on December 5, and that
claims that she was picked up by Indian authorities at his behest were incorrect.
After Neetu, 32 was deported for alleged involvement in anti-national activities, she had pointed fingers towards her husband and said he might be behind the ploy.
Neetu had sent an SOS to Delhi-based women`s group All India Democratic Women`s Association (AIDWA), claiming that she was a victim of a conspiracy.
Singh claimed that Neetu`s family was making efforts to bring her back and her father Ram Suresh Prasad Singh and brother Rupesh had even travelled to Pune in August last year after she failed to show up for her brother`s wedding.
After her deportation on alleged "anti India activities" created an outcry in India, the Home Ministry sought a report from the Maharashtra government on the issue.
Neetu is currently staying at her father`s house in eastern Nepal`s Jhapa district, but under "police observation".
Questioning the deportation, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat also sought Home Minister P Chidambaram`s intervention in the matter so that she could complete her course.
Singh, meanwhile, claimed Neetu had a relationship with another man, and had refused to see her family.
"My only crime is that I am a politician and there are people who are out to get me," Singh said.
Amresh also produced letters, he claimed were written by Neetu`s father to the Police Commissioner of Pune, asking for help to "get his daughter back" and requesting him to send her back home "as she has been out of touch from the family for the past few years".