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Ramesh Chennamaneni's Citizenship Saga Continues

The Telangana High Court today held another hearing on the matter of the dual citizenship of Vemulawada MLA Ramesh Chennamaneni.
Hyderabad | 16th February 2021
The row over the dual citizenship of TRS leader and Vemulawada MLA Ramesh Chennamaneni, who has been embroiled in a legal battle over the issue since 2013, seems far from over.

His fate as a public representative hangs in the balance, with the state government and the Centre still at loggerheads over his citizenship - the Centre has already filed an affidavit saying that Chennamaneni is a German citizen.

Meanwhile, the Telangana High Court held another hearing on the matter today, and then adjourned the case for two weeks.

It has given the Telangana government two weeks time to come up with the relevant details regarding the matter.

The government was likely left disappointed by this as Telangana Additional Advocate General Ramachandra Rao, who was representing it, had initially appealed to the court to give the government four weeks to file a counter-petition on the issue.

Rao had claimed that the Centre had filed its affidavit without first consulting the state government.

Further, he had argued that the Centre had nothing to do with the case as the MLA had not posed any law and order problems or security threats, and had instead been "serving Telangana's people" for two terms.

While the Centre clearly articulated its desire that the inquiry be completed within a week, the state government opposed it and slammed it for taking a "unilateral decision" on the issue.

The counsel for the Centre, informed that court that the Centre had already made its stand on the issue clear, and had provided all the necessary documents as well.

The Centre has been insistent that Chennamaneni was not an Indian citizen - it had even declared so following the first inquiry conducted by the Union Home Ministry in 2017. Chennamaneni had then requested it to review the matter once again. However, even after a second round of reviewing, the Centre maintained that he was a German citizen, prompting the MLA to approach the Telangana High Court to challenge the Centre's findings.

When the court heard the case on December 16, the Centre's counsel presented a memo along with the relevant documents, and informed the bench that the MLA was currently a German citizen, and that his passport was due for renewal in 2023.
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