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Assam Muslim declared ‘foreigner’ by tribunal: Gauhati High Court quashes 2018 decision

The Gauhati High Court on Tuesday set aside an order declaring a Muslim man, Assam resident, as a foreigner, observing that the Foreigners Tribunal did not take note of the material on record while passing the decision.

Jamir Ali has successfully established a link with his mother and father and therefore he is not a foreigner, said the division bench of Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua and Justice Arun Dev Choudhury, Live Law reported.

“As we have arrived at the clear conclusion that the petitioner has established his link with Abbas Ali whose name appeared in the voters’ list of 1965 of Goroimari village and the materials through which the link was established have not been taken note by the learned Tribunal, we accordingly, set aside the order/opinion dated 29.06.2018 in FT Case No. 252/2009 of the Foreigners Tribunal 1st at Nagaon, Assam and declare that it cannot be held that the petitioner is a foreigner who had entered the State of Assam subsequent to 24.03.1971,” read the court order.

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