AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. | File image  |  Photo Credit: ANI
Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has once again sparked outrage over the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register, stating that the government of India is lying to the people of the country about the laws.
Speaking at a public gathering, Owaisi said, “Jabinda Begum submitted 15 different documents to prove her citizenship. But none of them were sufficient. So how many more do you want?”
He said that the case, which came up in the Gauhati High Court, was a clear picture of how the Centre wants to bring in the NRC under the garb of the NPR.
The central government had last year in August released the first draft of the NRC in which over 19 lakh people were deemed unfit for Indian citizenship.
Owaisi said that the woman named Jabinda Begum had furnished around 15 documents to the high court. “She showed land revenue receipts, proof of her name in the 1966 voter list that also contained her father’s name, the sarpanch’s certificate of wedding, her parents’ and brother’s name in the 2015 voter list, among others; she is still not eligible for citizenship,” he said.
The Hyderabad MP further said that the government of India is implementing the NRC under the garb of the NPR to snatch away the “voting rights of citizens, freeze their bank accounts and then put them in detention centres”.
“If the NPR happens, it means the NRC will automatically happen. The PM has once again lied about the NRC,” Owaisi said.
While dismissing the case, the Gauhati High Court on Tuesday ruled that documents such as the PAN card, land receipts and bank papers cannot prove a person’s Indian citizenship.
The Foreigners Tribunal in Assam’s Buksa district had rejected the woman’s citizenship claim though she submitted around 15 documents, including the aforementioned ones, to prove her citizenship.
She had furnished her PAN card, ration card, two bank passbooks, NRC details of Jabed Ali (father), along with some land revenue receipts.
A division bench, however, dismissed her petition stating that the documents she had submitted were not credible enough to establish the links with her “projected father or brother”, news agency PTI reported.
“Certificates issued by a ‘Gaon Bura’ or the village headman cannot be the proof of citizenship as such a certificate can only be used by a married woman to prove that after her marriage she had shifted to her matrimonial village,” the HC ruled, referring to the documents from the village sarpanch.