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Ascertain facts about Cong MP from Assam: SC

The Congress MP from Tezpur in Assam MK Subba has been accused of illegally acquiring Indian citizenship after being convicted in a criminal case in Nepal.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 17:03 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Union Home Ministry to ascertain facts about Congress MP from Tezpur in Assam MK Subba, who has been accused of illegally acquiring Indian citizenship after being convicted in a criminal case in Nepal.

The apex court had earlier issued notice to the Centre and Subba in January last year on a petition filed by one Birendra Nath Singh seeking a CBI probe into his antecedents.

When the matter came up for hearing before a bench of the Chief Justice YK Sabharwal, Justice CK Thakker and Justice R V Raveendran, the petitioner's counsel Ambhoj Kumar Sinha pointed out that till date Centre and Subba have not filed their replies to the petition.

On the behalf of the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Vikas Singh sought four weeks to file the reply. He also requested the court to issue a notice to the Election Commission on the matter.

However, giving last opportunity to the Home Ministry and Subba, the Bench asked them to respond to the petition within two weeks giving details as to whether he was a criminal and whether finality had reached in Nepal in the criminal cases against him.

The court also asked the ministry to respond to the allegation that he crossed over to India. "Is it not the duty of the Ministry of Home Affairs to find out the facts?," the Court asked.

The Bench also issued notice to CBI in the case. Apart from CBI probe into Subba's antecedents, the petitioner has also demanded that he be immediately de-seated from his present position and he should be proceeded against in accordance with law.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 17:03 IST