HC permits British passport holder to represent India in Math Olympiad
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.