Bereaved brother wants father in Australia

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The devastated brother of an Australian man who died in India is pleading for an exemption to allow his elderly father to come and live with him in Sydney.

Sanjay Khanna's dad is alone in New Delhi after the death of his 51-year-old son Sunil.

The 83-year-old's wife also succumbed to the disease in late April.

"He is alone. He is my last surviving member in the family," a tearful Mr Khanna told Nine on Thursday.

"I'm just making a plea to help me to get my father home before it's too late for him."

Mr Khanna has approached Home Affairs to see if his father, who is an Indian citizen, can be granted an exemption to travel to Australia.

"My only request to the government is please consider my special case, where I've lost my brother and mother in the span of 24 hours," he said.

"Please, on a humanitarian basis, please grant him a visa here to come and live with me.

"That's my only humble request."

Mr Khanna said he would be more than happy to comply with any quarantine requirements or other restrictions to get his father to safety.

Sunil Khanna had been in New Delhi for some time looking after the brothers' parents.

"Earlier this year, I tried to convince him to come back but he was waiting for commercial flights to resume," Mr Khanna said.

"In the interim, he got my mum and dad's passports organised and he was waiting for the normal traffic to resume and then this pandemic hit us hard.

"Basically, we were underprepared I think. Within four days, my whole life has been turned upside down."

Sunil Khanna is the third Australian citizen or permanent resident to die from coronavirus in India.

The others are Sydney businessman Govid Kant, 47, who was there to attend his mother's funeral, and a 59-year-old man who managed a hotel in New Delhi.