An IIT – Kanpur student was denied visa by Australia Immigration, because of suspicions that he might involve in the multiplication of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). This issue was highlighted by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor asked the foreign minister to intervene in the issue.
Ananth SM was offered a full-time Ph.D. by University of Melbourne in August 2015, he applied for Australian visa based on the offer. He did not get a response from the Australia, then he approached Mr. Tharoor to know the reasons.
When Mr. Tharoor wrote to the Australian high commissioner on this issue, Ananth has issued a letter, which questioned his intention behind moving to Australia, implicated him of possible involvement in the proliferation of WMDs.
Mr.Tharoor asked Indian Ministry to act on, as they are clubbing Indian nationals with some North Korean rogue elements. He urged Sushma Swaraj to take up the matter to her Australian counterpart as the case "entails serious implications for India's ties with Australia".