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'Dual citizenship has serious lacunae'

We can't deny NRIs right to vote or to occupy important offices, said ex-Attorney General Soli Sorabjee.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2005 03:27 AM IST

The dual citizenship has serious lacunae that needed to be sorted out, former Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee opined at a session on `Private International Law and the Diaspora.'

"If we want to involve the diaspora then we can't deny them right to vote or the right to occupy important offices," Sorabjee said and added things in this regard needs to be made clearer.

He was chairing the session attended by eminent lawyers, judges and law professors.

Sorabjee said the country also needs to evolve laws over custody of children in case of divorce and needs to address the domicile and citizenship issues.

The gathering came up with a common consensus on the need for a comprehensive enactment to deal with violations especially in marriages, divorce and child custody cases.

Agreeing with Sorabjee, Justice K Sukumaran, chairman, committee on reviewing the working the of immigration act accepted that the lacunas existed and said the problems of enforceability of judgments pronounced in Indian courts primarily exists in case of countries which are not reciprocal in dual citizenship.

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