HC grants interim stay on revocation of TRS MLA's citizenship

Hyderabad, Nov 22 (PTI): The Telangana High Court onFriday granted an interim stay on the Home Ministry's ordercancelling the citizenship of TRS MLA Ramesh Chennamaneni.

Ramesh moved the court on Thursday seeking to setaside the MHA's order.

Justice Challa Kondanda Ram posted the case forfurther hearing to December 16.

The TRS MLA also prayed for suspension of relatedproceedings pending disposal of his plea.

Ramesh was re-elected to the Telangana Assembly fromthe Vemulawada constituency last year.

The Home Ministry on Wednesday had issued a freshorder cancelling the Indian citizenship of Chennamaneni forconcealing facts pertaining to his visits to India during the12-month period immediately preceding his application seekingcitizenship.

In its order, the ministry said the competentauthority has considered various aspects such as his MLA postand his background.

'His misrepresentation/concealment of fact misled thegovernment of India in making its decision initially.

Had he revealed the fact that he had not resided inIndia for one year before making the application, thecompetent authority in this ministry would not have grantedcitizenship to him,' the ministry order added.

Y Ramarao, advocate for Ramesh argued that citizenshipdeprivation comes only when the person's behaviour 'is notconducive to the public good.' Reacting to the court's order, Ramesh said he washappy with the outcome. PTI GDK VGNSS SS