Mere relinquishment of foreign Citizenship, possession of Aadhaar, PAN, Voter ID not proof of Indian Citizenship: Patna HC [Read Judgment]

"The Citizenship Act does not provide for a scenario where a person residing in India, upon relinquishing her/his original Citizenship is automatically considered to be a citizen of India", the Court observed.
Patna High Court.
Patna High Court.

The Patna High Court on Monday ruled that under the existing Constitutional and legal regime, merely relinquishing foreign citizenship, even if coupled with long residency in India, would not automatically confer on a person Indian Citizenship (Kiran Gupta v. State Election Commision and ors).

Relying on various caselaws, the Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S Kumar also reiterated that documents such as Voter ID, PAN Card and Aadhaar also do not constitute proof of citizenship.

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