Prime Minister stands by official who suggested Indian factions sabotaged trip

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is standing by a senior government official who suggested factions within the Indian government were involved in sabotaging his visit to India last week.

Libral backbencher Randeep Sarai has taken responsibility for inviting an attempted murderer to events with Trudeau in India and Trudeau has accepted his offer to resign as the chair of the party's Pacific caucus.

During his first question period since returning home, opposition MP's grilled Trudeau yesterday about invitations issued to Jaspal Atwal to attend two events with the prime minister in India.

Atwal is a BC Sikh convicted of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister in 1986.

A government official suggested last week that Atwal's presence was arranged by factions within the Indian government and Conservatives have identified the official as Trudeau's national security adviser, Daniel Jean.

Trudeau defended Jean as a member of the professional, non-partisan public service that provides quality advice.