As the issue of Citizenship has been boiling the country in face of CAA, an important pronouncement from high court has come. The Calcutta High Court has said that Foreigners can apply for Indian citizenship without a valid passport. That is those without a passport from the country of origin can get Indian citizenship.
Foreigners can apply for Indian citizenship without valid passport from country of origin if they can furnish proper reasons for not possessing one: Calcutta High Court— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) February 29, 2020
While giving the judgment court Section 5(1)(c) of the 1955 Citizenship Act, which does not makes passport mandatory. The high court said that this would be “contradictory to the spirit of Article 14 of the Constitution of India. The High court was hearing the petition of Bismillah Khan where the judgment was made.
Khan said he is being denied the citizenship of India since he is not being able to file an application apparently due to the online process which contemplates that a copy of the passport of the applicant as a mandatory requirement.
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