The Meghalaya High Court has directed deputy commissioner of Kamrup Metro in Assam, M Angamuthu, to appear in person tomorrow failing which appropriate warrant will be issued against him.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice T N K Singh directed the official to depose before the court and produce records in a case relating to issuance of citizenship certificates of Bangladesh citizens whose forefathers had come to reside in a village in Meghalaya along the inter-state border since 1971.
“We list the matter on 6.8.2015 with fresh direction to the Deputy Commissioner concerned to remain present in court with records for assistance,” the order said after the hearing yesterday.
The official is to produce records relating to issuance of citizenship certificates by the Kamrup deputy commissioner being urgently required in the case, it said.
Angamuthu had failed to depose despite several notices issued for the officers appearance in court and the Assam chief secretary was also directed for ensuring his presence in the past, the court said.
A single bench of the High Court had last year ruled that Bangladesh citizens, who had come to reside in India prior to 1971, can claim legal citizenship as per a mutual understanding between India and Bangladesh.
The bench had also directed Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi DC to return all the citizenship certificates seized from a group of such citizens residing along the interstate border.
An aggrieved Meghalaya government filed the writ appeal wherein, the records relating to issuance of citizenship certificates by the Kamrup DC are urgently required in the court, the bench said.