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MLA’s citizenship revoked for hiding foreign visits

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  1. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

 

MLA’s citizenship revoked for hiding foreign visits

 

What to study?

For Prelims and mains: Particulars of the Citizenship act, procedure for granting and revocation of citizenship.

 

Context: The home ministry has revoked the citizenship of Telangana MLA Ramesh Chennamaneni on the ground of misrepresentation of facts at the time of applying for citizenship in 2008.

 

What’s the issue?

Ramesh, who had been living in Germany since 1993, applied for Indian citizenship on March 31, 2008 and was granted the same on February 4, 2009.

When the MLA applied for Indian Citizenship, he was holding Germany’s citizenship and never stayed in India for more than 12 months as required for a foreign national in the Foreigners Act.

 

What does the Citizenship Act of 1955 say on this?

Sections 5(1)(f) and 10(2) of the act deal with grant of citizenship and the authority of the government to cancel the same.

According to Section 5(1)(f), “the Central Government may, on an application made in this behalf, register as a citizen of India any person if a person of full age and capacity who, or either of his parents, was earlier citizen of independent India, and has been residing in India for one year immediately before making an application for registration.”

Section 10(2) says: “Subject to the provisions of this section, the Central Government may, by order, deprive any such citizen of Indian citizenship, if it is satisfied that the registration or certificate of naturalisation was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or the concealment of any material fact.”

Protection against arbitrary action: Section 10(3) of the Act says, “The Central Government shall not deprive a person of citizenship under this section unless it is satisfied that it is not conducive to the public good that person should continue to be a citizen of India.”

 

Sources: the Hindu.

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