Make man a citizen: Advocates
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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