I would like to assure you that Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) staff have been working hard to provide consular assistance to Mr Johal and his family, and that representations are regularly made on behalf of Mr Johal to the Government of India.
Lord Ahmad is the lead FCDO Minister in Mr Johal's case and regularly raises it with Indian interlocutors. He has met Mr Johal's family and constituency MP, Martin Docherty-Hughes, to discuss his case on a number of occasions. The British High Commissioner to India also regularly raises Mr Johal's case. The Government will continue to look to raise concerns about Mr Johal's case at all appropriate opportunities. The Prime Minister raised Mr Johal's case with Prime Minister Modi on his visit to India in April.
Mr Johal's welfare continues to be a priority, as is ensuring his ongoing access to his legal representatives. Consular staff have attended a number of hearings in Mr Johal's case in an observer capacity.
I appreciate that this is a desperately difficult and distressing time for Mr Johal, his family and many in the Sikh community and I will continue to follow his case closely.