Court reserves order on Pakistani’s citizenship plea

April 3rd, 2008 - 10:44 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) The Delhi High court Thursday reserved its order on a Pakistani national’s plea for Indian citizenship to take care of his ancestral property in this country. Aji Mustan Haider, born in a Bihar village in 1935, went to Pakistan in 1961 looking for a suitable job.

In 1964 he obtained the citizenship of Pakistan and travelled to Karachi, Kuwait and Dubai in search of jobs.

However, he returned to India in 1982 after his mother died. He then applied for an Indian citizenship to settle in his village and look after his ancestral property.

His application, however, was rejected in 1993 on the ground that he was already a citizen of another country.

In 1996, Haider moved the Delhi High court appealing against the lower court’s denial of citizenship to him.

After a 12-year trial, a division bench of Justices T.S. Thakur and Siddharth Mridul reserved the order Thursday and asked the defence and prosecution to file their respective arguments for their perusal.

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