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Assam: ‘Citizenship is an important right’, Guwahati High Court quashes foreign tribunal order

Assam: 'नागरिकता एक महत्वपूर्ण अधिकार', गुवाहाटी हाई कोर्ट ने विदेशी ट्रिब्यूनल के आदेश को किया रद्द

The High Court has given time till November 8 to the petitioner to appear before the Foreigners Tribunal to establish his citizenship. Along with this, the High Court also ordered him to deposit a surety bond of Rs 5,000 and a surety of like amount.

The Gauhati High Court set aside the ex parte order of the Foreigners Tribunal declaring a person resident of Morigaon district as a foreigner.

The Gauhati High Court set aside the ex-parte order of the Foreigners Tribunal declaring a person resident of Morigaon district as a foreigner. The High Court said that citizenship is an important right of a person, which should have been decided by the Tribunal on the basis of merit. A bench of Justice Manish Choudhary and Justice N Koteshwar Singh pronounced the verdict on a petition filed by Asor Uddin, a resident of Moribari in Morigaon district, 70 km from the state capital Dispur, against the tribunal’s decision.

The Morigaon Tribunal is one of the 100 quasi-judicial bodies in Assam that are mandated to decide on the citizenship of those who have been marked by the border police as suspected foreigners or suspected voters (D- Voter) is listed. Asor Uddin argued that the Morigaon Tribunal declared him a foreigner under the Foreigners Act 1946, as he missed the hearing in the tribunal due to a communication gap and the time it took him to produce evidence to establish his citizenship.

Citizenship is an important right of an individual – Guwahati High Court

The High Court bench, in its judgment on September 9, held that citizenship, being an important right of a person, should generally be decided on the basis of merit, by considering the material evidence that can be produced on behalf of the person concerned. and not by default as in the present case.

High Court gave time till November 8 to the petitioner

The High Court has given the petitioner till November 8 to appear before the Foreigners Tribunal to establish his citizenship. Along with this, the High Court also ordered him to deposit a surety bond of Rs 5,000 and a surety of like amount. Apart from this, he has also been asked to pay Rs 5,000 as cost to the tribunal. The High Court said that if Asor Uddin fails to make the payment or appears before the Foreigners Tribunal on or before November 8, the order laid down by the High Court will be revived and the law will take its course.

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