Citizenship of sitting lawmaker Ramesh Chennamaneni revoked

The Ministry of Home Affairs revoked the Indian citizenship of Telangana MLA Ramesh Chennamaneni saying the legislator concealed crucial facts and obtained the citizenship by fraud.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA Ramesh Chennamaneni’s citizenship, the MHA noted in a fresh order on Wednesday, who had challenged an earlier order from 2017, cancelling his citizenship.

Ramesh’s citizenship was revoked on the grounds that he held citizenship of Germany and didn’t fulfil the norms while obtaining Indian citizenship in 2009.

A complaint was filed against him by Congress leader A Srinivas challenging his election as a legislator.

Srinivas claimed that Ramesh had submitted fake documents, and violated the Representation of People’s Act, which states that any person who is not an Indian citizen, is not eligible to contest or vote in any election.

Under the Act, a person has to reside in India for 365 days (one year) to be eligible for citizenship. While Ramesh argued that he has done so, Srinivas claimed that it was not a ‘continuous stay’.

The ruling party legislator has maintained that he had surrendered his Indian passport and taken up German citizenship in 1993. But, in 2009, he applied for the Indian citizenship and was granted the same.

Ramesh’s citizenship issue is pending since 2009 when he was elected as the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) candidate. He later joined the TRS and was re-elected in the by-election in 2010. He was elected to the Assembly again in 2014 and 2018.

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