HC notice to Centre on plea over Sikkim CM's citizenship
New Delhi, Apr 8 The Delhi High Court today issued a notice to the Centre on a petition which claimed that Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling was not an Indian citizen and sought a direction to the government in the matter.
Justice S Ravindra Bhat sought a response from the Centre by July 17 on a petition filed by Padam Prakash Sharma, who claimed that Chamling was a citizen of Nepal and should be disqualified.
He also alleged that the Centre as well as the Election Commission were not considering his complaint.
The state goes to the Assembly polls on May 30 and the issue should be decided before that, Sharma said.
Sharma claimed that he has documents to prove his contention and that in March last year the news that Chamling, the MLA from Damthang and leader of Sikkim Democratic Front, has taken Nepali citizenship had come to light.
Sharma alleged that Chamling played a fraud with the documents and added,"He has been elected as MLA and thereafter appointed as the CM of the Sikkim state on the basis of complete fraud and misrepresentation before the Election Commission."
Sharma claimed that he lodged a complaint in June last year with the Centre as well as the Election Commission but till the date no action has been taken against the chief minister.
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