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CBI files report on Subba citizenship

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 7, 2009



New Delhi, July 6 (PTI): The CBI today placed a fresh report before the Supreme Court on the citizenship of former Congress MP from Assam, Moni Kumar Subba.

Subba’s nationality came under a cloud after an initial probe alleged that he had obtained his birth certificate in a fraudulent manner.

The report relates to the examination of the objections raised by Subba in his affidavit to the initial findings by the investigating agency which had rejected his claim that he was born in Siliguri in West Bengal.

The Congress leader had raised objections to the verification report filed by the CBI on December 10, 2007 on his nationality.

The apex court in January had allowed his plea that the CBI should further probe the matter as three certificates have been procured from Nepal to question his citizenship.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice P. Sathasivam took on record the report filed by the CBI and said any further directions could be passed after going through it.

The public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a Noida resident, Birendra Nath Singh, in 2005 had alleged that the then Lok Sabha MP and lottery baron had come to India after a murder case was registered against him in Nepal in the early seventies.

The CBI report came against the backdrop of the apex court’s direction to probe the nationality of the Congress leader.

Subba, in an affidavit before the apex court, had claimed that he was born in Dadgram village in Darjeeling district of West Bengal.

The PIL also alleged that the lottery baron had changed his name from Moni Raj Limboo to Moni Kumar Subba.

The CBI, in its report, had said its verification revealed that the certificate was bogus.

“The certificate of birth produced by him in this regard along with his affidavit has been obtained by misrepresentation of facts and in a fraudulent manner,” the CBI stated in its report.



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