Delhi High Court: Tibetans born in India didn’t need to prove their Indian citizenship for passports


NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court Thursday said that nationality of Tibetans, Born in India somewhere around 1950 and 1987, can't be addressed under the Citizenship Act and guided the legislature to issue identifications to all Tibetans who meet the criteria of being Indian subjects by birth. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva held that the topic of nationality does not emerge in situations where a man is viewed as a resident of India according to the Citizenship Act.

Prior the union Home Ministry had contended that it considers demands for citizenship by Tibetans living in India on a case-by-case premise. The court dismisses the contention and coordinated both the Home and the External Affairs Ministries to consider utilizations of all Tibetans and not request that they ensure their nationality.

The court was hearing a petition by three Tibetans born in India – Lobsang Wangyal born in 1970, Lobsand Wangyal born in 1977 and Tenzin Dhouden born in 1992 – who were asked to apply for, and receive, a citizenship certificate from the Ministry of Home Affairs before they could acquire a passport.
Advocate Giriraj Subramaniam, representing the Mr Wangyal and Mr Dhouden, said his clients were wrongly denied passports despite having other proofs of their citizenship including voter identification cards. He also said that a persona born after 1987, but before the Citizenship Act was amended in 2003, was entitled to Indian citizenship if any one of his or her parents were Indian citizens.