Hyderabad: Telangana MLA Ramesh Chennamaneni is no longer an Indian citizen, as declared by the government on Wednesday. The government accused him of misrepresenting and concealing facts and securing citizenship by fraud. It was “not conducive to the public good that Mr. Chennamaneni continues to be a citizen of India”, said the home ministry in a 13 page order.
Mr. Chennamaneni, a member of the state’s ruling Telangana Rashtra samithi (TRS), had concealed facts about his visits abroad during the one-year period preceding his application for Indian citizenship, the home ministry said in its order last evening.
The government said he had German citizenship and did not fulfill the criteria for seeking Indian citizenship in 2009.
“His misrepresentation/concealment of fact misled the government of India in making its decision initially. Had he revealed the fact that he had not resided in India for one year before making the application, the competent authority in this ministry would not have granted citizenship to him,” said the order.
Mr Chennamaneni, who has been a lawmaker since 2009, said the Telangana High Court had decided in his favour. “But the Home Ministry did not consider that and again cancelled (citizenship). SO, we will approach High Court again for safeguarding my citizenship,” he said, claiming the court had given him the option of approaching it again.