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HC asks Maha to help Pak man living in India for 50 yrs

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

national is all of 52 years of which he has spent over 50 in on a long-term visa but without a

His wife and three children are Indian citizens, he pays taxes, has documents like card, ration card, PAN card and even voter ID card, and wants his application for Indian citizenship, pending for the last seven years, accepted.

Coming to the aid of Karadia, the today asked the to help him with his pending application for Indian citizenship.

A bench of justices M and asked the state to file an affidavit in two weeks giving details of the procedure that Karadia has to follow to get his application processed.

Karadia told the he was born in and brought to by his mother when he was only a few days old and has lived here ever since, without a Pakistani His parents, he said, were born in before partition.

Karadia, who works at a restaurant, said his citizenship application was pending with the Union for over seven years now.

He approached the high through his lawyers Ashish Mehta and to seek a stay on the deportation notice against him. He also prayed for his long-term visa to be extended till the government decided on his application for Indian citizenship.

In 2016, another bench of the court had denied him any interim relief, observing that even if a person is entitled to Indian citizenship, he or she cannot "at any given time, be authorised to reside in the country without valid papers".

The bench had also ordered an inquiry into how the central government has been issuing him long term visa for so many years when Karadia does not have a

In January 2017, a division bench led by Justice S C observed that Karadia's case was "unique", and in an interim order, directed the state and the Centre not to take any coercive action against him.

Yesterday, the bench led by Justice took note of the submission by Karadia's lawyers that the authorities were making him run from pillar to post for the last several years and not deciding on his citizenship application.

Justice directed the state to submit a timeline of the documents it had forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs to help process Karadia's application.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 21:10 IST