“India is a country where the sentiments of each community and caste are respected and therefore such a man should not be permitted to come to the country,” Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali, a prominent Muslim cleric, told Reuters.

His comments echoed those of other clerics at a high-profile Muslim seminary who said Rushdie had offended tens of millions of Muslims by insulting the Prophet Mohammad, according to statements made to Indian media.

Rushdie rejected the demand he be denied a travel permit.