HC per­mits Bri­tish pass­port holder to rep­re­sent In­dia in Math Olympiad

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The Madras High Court has per­mit­ted a 15-year-old Bri­tish pass­port holder to rep­re­sent In­dia in the In­ter­na­tional Math­e­mat­i­cal Olympiad (IMO). It di­rected the Na­tional Board of Higher Math­e­mat­ics (NBHM), func­tion­ing under the Depart­ment of Atomic En­ergy, to per­mit the child to at­tend a train­ing camp sched­uled be­tween April 18 and May 16. Jus­tice S. Vaidyanathan passed the or­der while al­low­ing a writ pe­ti­tion filed by the stu­dent S. Raghu­ram, rep­re­sented by his mother Lak­shmi Sun­darara­jan. The judge quashed an or­der passed by NBHM on March 1 this year stat­ing that all those who had been se­lected to rep­re­sent In­dia in the IMO should hold In­dian pass­ports.

School­ing in In­dia

The judge recorded the sub­mis­sions of the pe­ti­tioner that he was born in Lon­don in 2003 and ac­quired a Bri­tish pass­port in 2009. In 2010, he got Over­seas Cit­i­zen of In­dia card. In the same year, he moved to In­dia and con­tin­ued his school­ing in the coun­try.

“In terms of the no­ti­fi­ca­tion dated April 11, 2005 is­sued pur­suant to Sec­tion 7-B of the Cit­i­zen­ship Act of 1955 and tak­ing note of Ar­ti­cle 11 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, I am of the view that the pe­ti­tioner will have to suc­ceed,” the judge said.

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