PaK man an Indian, Maha tells HC opposing deportation plea
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Mumbai, Aug 6: Maintaining that Pakistan-administered Kashmir is part of India, the Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court today that it wants to withdraw cases under Passport act and Foreign Citizens Act against a man seeking to be deported to the disputed region.
This submission was made by the state government in the case of PaK native Siraj Khan, who claimed to have accidentally entered Indian territory as a 9-year-old.
Khan has approached the High Court seeking direction to the government to deport him to PaK after he was arrested for violating the law.
According to Khan, he had approached the state CID to seek its help in going back but the police registered a case against him for entering the country without a passport.
The state government contended that PaK is part of India, as per the Indian Constitution, and thus Siraj Khan is a natural citizen and the case against him under Passport Act and Foreign Citizens Act should not have been registered and will now be withdrawn.
The court has asked the Union government to inform next week if it is in agreement with state's stand on PaK.
An the last hearing, the High Court had rapped the state government for allowing a man without a passport to stay in India for so long and directed the government to clear its stand on the matter.
Advocate General Darius Khambatta today argued before the High Court that as per the Indian Constitution PoK is part of India. "Hence Siraj is an Indian," he said.
Reacting to the government's conflicting stand on Khan's citizenship, a division bench of justices A M Khanwilkar and A R Joshi said, "First you register case against him and then you say he is considered as Indian citizen."
Khambatta said the government was ready to withdraw the case against Khan for which the petitioner will have to approach a lower court seeking to quash the case.
The matter will come up for resumed hearing after a week.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 6 Aug 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 6 Aug 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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