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Sule citizenship row: no documents from Singapore consulate

mumbai Updated: Feb 15, 2012 21:57 IST
Supriya Sule

The consulate general of Singapore on Wednesday failed to submit documents pertaining to the citizenship status of NCP chief Sharad Pawar's MP daughter Supriya Sule before the Bombay high court.

The high court issued a fresh letter of request for the documents and said it might take action against the consulate if these were not submitted.

A trial is being conducted before Justice JH Bhatia on the election petition filed by Mrinalini Kakde, who has challenged Sule's election to Lok Sabha from Baramati in 2009.

The court asked for documents from the Singapore Consulate on the last occasion to ascertain whether Sule is a citizen there, following Kakde's application.

But no document has been submitted so far.

According to Kakde, Sule owned property in Singapore, and hence she was a citizen of the island country in 2009, which disqualified her as Lok Sabha candidate.

Issuing a fresh letter of request and directing that documents be produced on February 27, Justice Bhatia said today that if the the order was not complied with, the consular officer will have to remain present in court to explain it.

The court would not hesitate to take coercive action permissible under the international protocol, the judge warned.

The documents that have been sought include Sule's application for entry permit under the Immigration Act of Singapore; returns submitted by the MP on the ownership or tenanted premises at Lucky Towers, Grange Road, in Singapore; her application for id-card under the National Registration Act of Singapore; the application for purchase of residential property in that country, and approval letter from Singapore authorities for the same.