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Indian-origin man jailed for 6 weeks in Singapore

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

An Indian-origin man in was sentenced to six weeks in prison for not performing his national service obligations.

Jay Kamal Shah, 22 was handed out the punishment yesterday for not performing the National Service, a statutory requirement for all male Singaporeans to serve in the defence service for two-years, The Straits Times reported today.

He completed his studies in and returned to in April last year and enlisted for national service about a month later.

Shah could have been fined up to 10,000 dollar (USD 7,206) and/or jailed for up to three years, was jailed for six weeks.

His lawyer Rajan Supramaniam said in litigation that Shah chose to wait until he had completed his examinations before returning to to surrender himself so that he would not be considered a "drop-out".

Requesting the to impose a fine, counsel said Shah had done well in national service, and may be considering a career in the army.

He also said Shah did not have the benefits and privileges of possessing a citizenship, having spent his entire life in

Earlier, he was also given a one-week concurrent jail term for failing to enlist for national service in March last year.

His Singaporean mother had tried to apply for his national service deferment but that was rejected.

She had also e-mailed the authorities that she wished to renounce her son's citizenship.

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First Published: Tue, October 18 2016. 08:07 IST