Guwahati, June 13, 2019
The Gauhati High Court has recently rejected the citizenship claim of a man from Barpeta who had affirmed that he had entered the country in 1965. It may be mentioned that the person identified as Anil Barman was declared foreigner by the Foreigners’ Tribunal last September.
Later, a writ petition was filed by Barman at the High Court challenging the Tribunal’s findings referring to a Relief Eligibility Certificate(REC), which mentioned Barman of entering India on April 9th, 1965. He further gave the voters’ list of 1989, with his name on it.
However, a division bench of Justices Manojit Bhuyan and Prasanta Kumar Deka noted errors in the submitted documents to establish the petitioner’s presence in Assam before 1971 and accordingly dismissed the writ petition.
“There are no documents to show that the petitioner has been ordinarily a resident in Assam since the date of his alleged entry into Assam in the year 1965. This fact assumes importance, in as much as, being ordinarily a resident of Assam since the date of entry is one of the condition precedent under section 6A of the Citizenship Act, 1955,” said the bench.