Jaspal Atwal, a Canadian citizen of Indian origin, was convicted and later acquitted of trying to assassinate an Indian minister in 1986.
Although Trudeau himself dodged questions in the morning, the Prime Minister, according to a CBC news report, said at a business meeting in the capital that "obviously, we take this situation extremely seriously". "The individual in question should have never received an invitation", he told reporters in Delhi. A member of Parliament had included this individual.
Jaspal Atwal, a convicted Khalistani terrorist who was active in the banned Int'l Sikh Youth Federation, photographed w/Canadian PM's wife Sophie Trudeau at an event in Mumbai on 20 February.
In 2010, Atwal was convicted in an automobile fraud case.
Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry said that Atwal's name does not figure in the blacklist category maintained by it.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted Thursday that a convicted Sikh extremist had been invited to dine with him in New Delhi, just the latest controversy to dog his visit to India. A spokesperson said they do not comment on matters relating to the PM's security.
In 1987, Atwal and three others were found guilty of the attempted assassination of a Punjab state minister who was on a visit to Canada the previous year and were sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Canadian officials wouldn't say anything about the vetting process for those invited to the events once the names had been submitted, refusing to discuss security arrangements for the prime minister.
The controversy over Atwal's presence in India erupted after he was photographed with Gregoire Trudeau, the prime minister's wife, and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi at an event in Mumbai.
Speaking at the India Canada Business Session organised by the industry body CII along with Canada-India Business Council and Indo-Canadian Business Chamber, Mr. Trudeau pointed out that so far "too many people" have not been beneficiaries of trade and investment.
Atwal was a Sikh separatist part of the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF). He was one of four men who ambushed and shot Malkiat Singh Sidhu in a vehicle on Vancouver Island in 1986. Sidhu survived the attack but, five years later, was killed in Punjab's Moga.
Tomorrow will be the first time the two leaders come face to face since Trudeau landed in New Delhi last Saturday.
"Atwal is a partisan activist in British Columbia and previously held a leadership position in Surrey with the Liberal Party of Canada", the report added. In this regard, the Prime Minister cited Toronto in Canada and Bengaluru in India as examples of multi-cultural cities that are also hi-tech hubs.
Wednesday afternoon Trudeau met with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh who has repeatedly accused the Trudeau government and several of his cabinet ministers of being Khalistani sympathizers.