Published September 19, 2012 | 7:39 pm
Ludhiana: In a set back to the senior Congress leader and transporter Avtar Henry, the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) has ceased his Indian citizenship from the date he acquired British citizenship and passport in 1969.
Henry, however, is at liberty to acquire Indian citizenship by following the procedures laid down under the law.
The case came to light after allegations of dual citizenship levelled by his son Gurjit Singh Sanghera, who had accused his father of possessing two passports. In his complaint, Sanghera had alleged that Avtar Singh ‘Sanghera’ had been to England on an Indian passport, which he had procured from the passport office in Delhi by posing as Lakhbir Singh Sanghera’s son. Lakhbir Singh Sanghera is, in fact, Henry’s elder brother and his father’s name is Joginder Singh.
The complainant had further alleged that Henry had made a false averment in the British passport that his “father”, Lakhbir Singh Sanghera, had died in 1905 while he actually died in November 2006.