He was one of four men who shot and wounded an Indian cabinet minister, Malkiat Singh Sidhu, on Vancouver Island in 1986, and was convicted of attempted murder for his part in the attack.
Jaspal Atwal with Candian prime minister's wife Sophie Trudeau at the Mumbai event. "If you shoot a foreign politician, or anyone, any citizen, in this country and you don't spend serious time in prison, it's an open invitation to terrorists that Canada is ok", he says.
Perhaps the most frustrating part of this controversy for the Canadian delegation is that it was self-inflicted.
None of the India ministers is accompanying Trudeau during his Gujarat Visit.
But a statement from a largely unknown backbencher isn't quite enough when a controversy sideswipes an global trip. The matter was being taken "extremely seriously" and Atwal should never have received an invitation, he told the media on the sidelines of a business event.
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The news is bad for Trudeau.
However, the MHA clarified that Atwal no longer figures in its blacklist of Sikh extremists.
Trudeau will be visiting Ahmadabad, Agra, Amritsar and Mumbai apart from the strategic meeting with Modi in Delhi. Singh had famously snubbed Sajjan during a visit to India past year.
After his meeting Wednesday with Singh, Trudeau reiterated his position that Canada supports a united India and absolutely condemns violence for any cause, but will not crack down on those advocating peacefully for an independent Sikh state because that is a freedom of speech issue.
Those claims had overshadowed the early days of this trip.
Noting the lack of a welcome from PM Modi, Toronto Sun columnist Candice Malcolm tweeted: "On official state visits to India, PM Modi personally greets and welcomes the Israeli PM, UAE Crown Prince and US President". It appeared as if the Sikh separatism story had been put to bed. An older photo shows Atwal with a long-haired Trudeau, presumably taken before he was elected Liberal leader.
"The high commission has rescinded Mr Atwal's invitation".
Since touching down in India last week, he come under sustained fire in both the Indian and Canadian press over everything from the "Bollywood-style outfits" that he and his family have been sporting at every public event to his government's alleged sympathies with Sikh separatists.