The CEO of Huawei India declares in court in Delhi, "I am a Chinese, not a terrorist."
In response to the Income Tax Department's stance about his bail request, Li Xiongwei, CEO of Huawei Telecommunications (India), said in court in Delhi on Friday,
"I am a Chinese (citizen) and not a terrorist." He was quoting Shah Rukh Khan, who had remarked, "My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist," in the movie My name is Khan.
According to The Economic Times, Li's attorney Vijay Aggarwal made the comment in the court where the I-T department had requested that his bail application be denied.
After Li submitted a plea seeking to overturn a look-out circular issued against him, the department publicised the affidavit.
An LOC, or look-out circular, forbids international movement. Authorities utilise it to stop suspects from leaving the nation; the suspect usually learns about such limitations at the airport.
When Li's attorney objected to the department's circular, he called it "disturbing" that the government was fighting the CEO's release on bond for an offence that was subject to release, according to ET.
Aggarwal argued that the LOC issued against Li was a "misuse of power" since it could only be used for a cognisable offence, not the CEO's non-cognisable offence.
According to the ET report, the I-T department noted that the LOC against Li was "correct and in accordance with the rules of law," and that there are "no reasons for the LOC to be rescinded in the present circumstance."