News Today – Indian Govt. has blacklisted New Zealand blogger Karl Rock. YouTuber Karl Edward Rice, who is well known by the name Karl Rock, alleged that the Indian government has blacklisted him and blocked his entry to the country separating him from his spouse and household in Delhi. Rock mentioned that he has not been given the reason of adding his name to the blacklist.
He has over 17,00,000 subscribers on his travel YouTube channel where he explores various cities in India. He got married in 2019 and has been living with his wife, Manisha, and her family in Rohini for the past few years. Karl is a YouTuber who shares tips for foreigners travelling in India. Last year, in 2020, Karl was praised by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for donating plasma at a government plasma bank.
News Today – New Zealand blogger Karl Rock has been blacklisted by Indian Government
On Friday, he uploaded a YouTube video claiming that he has been separated from his wife and in-laws because he was blacklisted by the Indian government. Union Home Ministry officials said Karl Rock has been restricted from entering India till next year for violating terms and conditions of his visa. The Official said that, while he was on a tourist visa but he was doing business activities in India. The petition filed in court states that Karl had strictly been abiding by the laws of the country and conditions of visa, and that there has not been a single complaint against him. He was issued an X-2 visa, after he got married which are meant for married couple and children of Indian nationals, it’s validity is till 2024. One of the conditions of the visa was that he had to exit India every 180 days or intimate the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) concerned.
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His last visit to into India was in November 2019. He had enrolled at Landour School of Languages in Mussoorie to learn Hindi but was stranded due to the nationwide lockdown in March 2020. As the 180-day mark was approaching, he had tried to intimate the FRRO for visa extension. The application was rejected and he was issued an exit permit instead. Many on social media have speculated that the reason for the blacklisting was because he had visited an anti-CAA protest site and documented it. This video was later deleted. While he was exiting India to travel to Dubai and Pakistan in October 2020, his visa was cancelled at the Delhi Airport. In Dubai, he applied for a new visa and was then called to the Indian High Commission and informed that he had been blacklisted.