HC lets lawyer meet suspected Bangladeshi | Ahmedabad Information

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Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court on Tuesday permitted a lawyer to meet Amir Shaikh, who has been detained by the special operations group (SOG) on suspicion that he is Bangladeshi, on Wednesday in the presence of a judicial officer at the Bhadra court campus. Shaikh’s mother, Rashida Shaikh, filed a habeas corpus petition claiming that the family is Indian and that they were rehabilitated near Chandola lake in 2010 by the district collector because they had beeen affected by the 2002 riots.
The woman furnished an Aadhaar card and other documents, including her birth certificate and school-leaving certificate, to establish Indian citizenship. However, the authorities sought time to verify the documents.
Meanwhile, advocate Anand Yagnik appeared for Rashida and argued that Amir is an Indian citizen and even assuming that he is a Bangladeshi citizen, the Citizenship Amendment Act provides that if a person is born before 1987, he shall be considered a citizen of India. Shaikh is 40 years old and therefore it cannot be said that he is not the citizen of India.
The lawyer’s request to meet Shaikh was opposed by the state government and it was insisted that the meeting must take place in the presence of police personnel. The lawyer also submitted that the police cannot keep an Indian citizen in custody for so long and he must be sent to judicial custody.
Last week, Shaikh told the high court that he was slapped by police officials after his detention on June 18.