HYDERABAD: In a blow to TRS MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh, who represents Vemulawada in the Assembly, the Union home ministry has rejected the review petition filed by the lawmaker for a re-examination of an earlier order issued by the ministry on August 31 this year, declaring him to be not an Indian citizen. Ramesh was earlier a resident of Germany. The Union home ministry dismissed the review application, submitted by Ramesh, on September 8 this year under Sections 15 & 15 A of the Citizenship Act. This will affect Ramesh’s continuance as MLA as a foreign citizen cannot become a lawmaker in India.
While dismissing the review petition of Ramesh, son of freedom fighter and MLA for several times Chennamaneni Rajeswara Rao and nephew of Maharashtra governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, the Union home ministry made some serious comments against him.“It has been observed that the requirement for residing in India throughout the period of 12 months immediately preceding the date of application while filling the form for citizenship for which he had answered in the affirmative.
But the statement was found to be in suppression of material facts leading to the conclusion that he had adopted fraudulent means to obtain citizenship,” the ministry said in the order issued on December 13.
“It has been submitted that the petitioner is a champion of public good and that this may be taken into consideration while deciding on the review application. It is informed that this aspect has already been examined and it was felt that as a public representative, his responsibility towards the society was even more. In view of the facts, the review application was dismissed,” the order said.