CJP has come to the aid of Uttam Chakraborty, a Bengali Hindu man who was forced to defend his citizenship before a Foreigners’ Tribunal twice! While he was declared Indian the first time, he was shockingly found to be a ‘foreigner’ a second time. But CJP provided him legal aid and helped him secure bail from the Guwahati High Court that also granted him protection from arrest.
Advocate Mrinmoy Dutta from the CJP legal Team appeared for Chakraborty in the Guwahati High Court. Uttam Chakraborty is a resident of Tulsibari Viilage (No. 1) that falls under the jurisdiction of Rangia Police Station in Kamrup district of Assam.
A reference was first made against him (P.S Case No. 208/2014) that led to RFT Case No. 47/2015. At that time FT No.5 Kamrup (Rural), Rangia, Assam had declared him Indian. But then another reference was made against him (Case No. 275/SPR/2017) where the FT declared him foreigner!
CJP swung into action and helped Chakraborty appeal against the FT judgment in the Guwahati High Court.
The court in its order dated April 9, 2021 said, “In that view of the matter, in the meantime, the petitioner, if not already arrested, may not be arrested and deported from India. However, the petitioner shall appear before the Superintendent of Police (Border), Kamrup(R) within 15(fifteen) days from today, who may obtain necessary information and documentation as required under the rules from the petitioner for securing his presence. On such appearance, the petitioner shall furnish a bail bond of Rs. 5,000/- (Rupees five thousand) with one local surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of the said authority in the connection with F.T.4th Case No.275/SPR/2017, whereafter, the petitioner shall be allowed to remain on bail.”
The petitioner’s fingerprints and biometrics shall be recorded by the police and he is not allowed to leave the jurisdiction of Kamrup (R) without providing necessary information to the police.
The court has also issued notice to the respondents in the case, namely:
The Union of India
The State of Assam
The Superintendent of Police (B), Kamrup
The Superintendent of Police, Kamrup
The State Coordinator National Registrar of Citizens Assam, Bhangagarh
The State Chief Election Commissioner, Assam
The notice is returnable in four weeks.
The entire order may be viewed here: