The Indian premier would not be contacted regarding the arrested British national Jagtar Singh Johal, the Prime Minister said, but he did say he wanted to see “justice done” in the issue.
Mr. Johal, a Sikh blogger from Dumbarton, Scotland, was reportedly arrested and put into an unmarked car in 2017 when visiting Punjab in northern India for his wedding, according to his family.
He claimed that in addition to electric shocks and other forms of torture, he has also faced the death penalty for his activism and advocacy on behalf of Sikh human rights.
In order to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 conference, Rishi Sunak has come to New Delhi.
According to the Sikh Federation, a cross-party group of at least 70 MPs wrote to Mr. Sunak last week asking him to pressure the Hindu nationalist leader to “immediately release” Mr. Johal.
It follows a letter that Foreign Secretary James Cleverly sent to Mr. Johal’s brother in July informing him that the government had determined it would be prudent to refrain from pressing India on the matter.
Asked by reporters on the plane to New Delhi whether he would raise Mr Johal’s case with Mr Modi, the Prime Minister said: “Both the Foreign Secretary and Foreign Office ministers have raised this case on multiple occasions with their counterparts.
“We understand what his family are going through and want to make sure that the process works and that justice is done appropriately as well.”
Pressed again on whether Mr Johal’s situation would be part of his bilateral discussion, Mr Sunak replied: “I’ll be raising a range of things with Prime Minister Modi.
“This is something that, just so people are reassured, has already been raised on multiple levels on multiple occasions.”