Reacting to The Indian Express report on the refusal of an entry visa to Goverdhan Mehta, former chief of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, the United States Embassy said today that “no final decision” has been taken on the scientist’s application and that Mehta was “welcome to continue his application at any time he chooses.”
But Mehta has said that he would not pursue his application.
During his February 9 visa interview in Chennai, Mehta, invited as a visiting professor by the University of Floria and the American Chemical Society, was handed over a written note saying his visa had been refused under the US Immigration and Nationality Act.
However, Mark Frie, Chief of the Consular Section at the US Consulate in Chennai, called Mehta urging him to apply again. Mehta said he had turned down the offer and told the US official: “One humiliation is enough.”
Expressing regret over the distress caused to Mehta, the Embassy statement said: “We are committed to treating each applicant with dignity and respect.”