No Second Hearing Once A Person Is Declared Citizen: Gauhati High Court

No Second Hearing Once A Person Is Declared Citizen: Gauhati High Court

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May 6, 2022

The Foreigners' Tribunal bench of Gauhati High Court has indicated that once the tribunal has declared someone to be an Indian, the same person can't be declared a non-Indian if brought before it a second time. The observation is crucial in a state which has seen several cases where a person declared as Indian had been sent notices to prove nationality twice or more times.

New Delhi, 06 May 2022

As per news report of NDTV, During a hearing of a case involving nationality, the court said the opinion of the Tribunal regarding the citizenship of a person would operate as "res judicata" - meaning the matter has already been decided upon and cannot be brought to court again. Hearing a bunch of petitions earlier this week on citizenship, the Bench of Justices N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Nani Tagia said during a hearing that though the principle of res judicata "is based on public policy" it will "stand subsumed" under the overarching public policy governing a sovereign nation while dealing with illegal foreigners under the relevant laws. The decision, they said, was taken by high court in the 2018 Amina Khatoon case, but the bench observed that it is 'not good law' in view of the Supreme Court's decision in the case of Abdul Kuddus.

Source - NDTV


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