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TRS MLA disqualified

TRS MLA disqualified
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Vemulavada MLA Ramesh Babu - Justice R Kanta Rao of the AP High court on Wednesday set aside the election of TRS MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh from Vemulavada. The Court's orders came following a complaint lodged with the Union Home Ministry in 2009 by a person called Adi Srinivas, who alleged that Ramesh is not an Indian citizen, and sought an enquiry into the allegations. Srinivas also alleged that Ramesh had submitted fake documents, stating that he was in India for a year and had dual citizenship.

High Court rules Ramesh is not an Indian citizen

Hyderabad: Justice R Kanta Rao of the AP High court on Wednesday set aside the election of TRS MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh from Vemulavada. The Court's orders came following a complaint lodged with the Union Home Ministry in 2009 by a person called Adi Srinivas, who alleged that Ramesh is not an Indian citizen, and sought an enquiry into the allegations. Srinivas also alleged that Ramesh had submitted fake documents, stating that he was in India for a year and had dual citizenship.

The Judge recorded a finding that Ramesh was not a citizen of India at the time of filing of nomination papers. He pointed out that this disqualified him from being a voter and thus from being elected. It was contended that the TRS candidate made a false representation and based on the same his candidature was accepted.


Speaking to The Hans India over phone from Germany, Ramesh said that his lawyers would get the suspension orders of the High Court on August 16. “The court would give us 6 weeks to 2 months time to file an appeal in Supreme Court. We will study the judgement, and approach the apex court in the next one week,” he said.


Ramesh is the son of veteran leader Ch Rajeshwar Rao. He successfully contested from Vemulawada constituency in Karimnagar district first on TDP ticket in 2009 elections and as TRS candidate in 2010 by-elections. Ramesh said that he had obtained the Indian citizenship on February 23, 2009.


According to him, his opponent Srinivas of Congress party filed a petition in the High Court that he was not physically present in the country before obtaining the citizenship. However, there is no specific mention in rules for Indian citizenship that a person should be physically present for 365 days at a single place to be eligible for citizenship. “We would put our case before the higher court,” Ramesh added.

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