High court reserves judgment over citizenship to Sindhis migrants

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INDORE:Indore bench of MP high court on Tuesday reserved judgment in a PIL challenging the process of granting citizenship to Sindhis, who migrated from Pakistan.
The court in earlier hearing had given a last opportunity to state for filing reply but it failed.
The division bench of Justice SC Sharma and Justice Shailendra Shukla while hearing petition filed by Vivek Khandelwal and Girish Joshi through counsel Anshumaan Shrivastav reserved verdict. The PIL was filed in 2014.
However, Union government told court that Centre had enacted Citizenship Amendment Act and notified it for granting citizenship to immigrants from neighbouring countries.
The petitioner challenged the regular renewal of visa by Pakistani migrants by simply giving an application to district collector and superintendent of police.
Counsel Shrivastava said that these illegal immigrants from Pakistan had been illegally living in the city and across the state for many years.
These people also had acquired immovable property, built houses and have set up businesses based on documents like driving licence, birth certificates and school mark-sheets obtained illegally, said Shrivastava.
This is a major issue which should be looked into by court, said Shrivastava.
The responding authorities made party in the petition are Union home ministry, foreign affairs ministry, immigration bureau, state government, state home ministry, state education ministry, IMC, collector, SP, registrar and RTO.

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