Make man a cit­i­zen: Ad­vo­cates

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Front Page - Ryan Tu­milty

De­spite a se­cond ar­rest for drug of­fences this month, ad­vo­cates for an Ot­tawa-born man are call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to give him Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship

Deepan Bud­lakoti was charged this week as part of large OPP op­er­a­tion of drug traf­fick­ing in the Ot­tawa and Gatineau area.

Bud­lakoti was born in the city to par­ents work­ing at the In­dian

High Com­mis­sion. This left the ques­tion of his cit­i­zen­ship in doubt. After a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion, he was to be de­ported. He does not pos­sess In­dian cit­i­zen­ship, mak­ing him state­less. Yavar Hameed, Deepan’s lawyer, is fight­ing for his cit­i­zen­ship: “The min­is­ter has an on­go­ing duty to ap­ply val­ues of the Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms to con­sider the im­pact of im­mi­gra­tion re­stric­tions ap­plied to Deepan,” he said.

Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Amhed Hussen’s press sec­re­tary Hursh Jaswal af­firmed that Bud­lakoti does not have cit­i­zen­ship: “In 2014, the Fed­eral Court con­firmed the Gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion that Mr. Bud­lakoti is not en­ti­tled to Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship,” he wrote.

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