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Telangana High Court reserves order in MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh citizenship case

Justice B Vijayasena Reddy of the Telangana High Court on Wednesday reserved the order in a writ petition filed by TRS’s Vemulawada MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh, seeking quashing of the Centre’s notification.

Controversy had surrounded Mr Ramesh’s Indian citizenship since 2009. The present writ petition was filed by him during his fourth term as MLA of Vemulawada challenging the notification of the Union Home Ministry depriving him of Indian citizenship in 2019. was issued, MLA’s lawyer Y. Rama Rao gave detailed arguments.

Additional Solicitor General T. Suryakaran Reddy, appearing for the Union of India, argued that the MLA has two categories of citizenship. One was under Section 10 of the Citizenship Act while the other was under the status of Overseas Citizen of India under Section 7B of the Act.

However, holding of citizenship under different categories was not permitted under the Act, the ASG told the bench. An overseas Indian citizen can never become an MLA of the country. He said that though his citizenship matter was pending since 2009, he had not decided to give up one of the two citizenships.

Sri Reddy argued that all material evidence and papers relating to the two different types of citizenship claimed by the MLAs were produced before the bench. Justifying the Centre’s notification that Mr Ramesh’s continuance of citizenship is ‘not conducive to public good’, the ASG cited various Supreme Court judgments in the matter.

Senior advocate Ravi Kiran Rao, representing Adi Srinivas of Congress, who challenged the MLA’s Indian citizenship, told the bench that Mr Ramesh had acquired Indian citizenship in 2009 by concealing facts. A migrant laborer or a common man can be forgiven for misrepresenting facts, but an MP should not be spared in case of obtaining citizenship by hiding facts, Mr. Rao said.

“Indeed, Mr. Ramesh’s act of concealment of facts amounts to giving false testimony. For this they should be prosecuted,” the senior counsel told the bench. Referring to the State Government’s contention that the Center had not consulted the MLA before revoking his citizenship, Shri Ravi Kiran argued that it was the State Government which had all the records which corroborated that MLA Got citizenship by giving false information.

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