India on Thursday said it had detained former Maldives vice president Ahmed Adeeb as he was seeking to enter the country through an undesignated point and without valid documents.
"There are designated entry points through which foreigners are allowed entry into India," Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.
“The entry is facilitated on the basis of appropriate valid travel documents. In the instant case, since he (Adeeb) was not entering India through a designated entry point and did not possess the valid document, he has not been permitted entry into India," Kumar said.
Adeeb, a former Maldives vice president during the tenure of former president Abdullah Yameen, was arrested in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district. He was on board a tug boat called Virgo 9 and posing as a crew member, the Maldives Independent reported.
Adeeb had travelled to India after the courts in the Maldives dismissed multiple convictions against him for medical treatment, other news reports said. His passport was however withheld because of ongoing investigations in the Maldives. He was freed from house arrest two weeks ago after serving a 15-day contempt of court sentence, according to Maldives Independent.