Indo-Canadian appeals to stay deportation

Updated on Aug 25, 2005 05:30 PM IST

Bhalru has appealed to Immigration Minister to allow him to stay on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

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PTI | ByIndo-Asian News Service, Vancouver

An Indo-Canadian man who is to be deported to India next month for running over a woman with his car has called the action against him a "double punishment" and appealed to the immigration minister to reconsider his case.

Bahadur Singh Bhalru, 26, who was convicted for criminal negligence causing the death of Irene Thorpe while taking part in street car racing on November 13, 2000, has pleaded for mercy.

He is scheduled to be sent back to India on September 14. But Bhalru, who was already convicted for the crime, said it was not fair to get punished again for the same crime by being deported to India, according to the South Asian Observer.

He has appealed to Immigration Minister Joe Volpe to allow him to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Bhalru, who came to Canada in 1997 with his parents, is a permanent resident but not a Canadian citizen. He was eligible to become a citizen in February 2000, but did not apply.

"If I had applied for citizenship, I would not be here today pleading to the minister to stop my deportation," Bhalru said at a news conference.

"There are Canadian citizens who have killed people with their cars, but they are not being punished twice and being deported. They are able to serve their time, pay compensation to Canadian society, and rehabilitate. I am not being given that same chance," he added.

Making an emotional appeal at the press conference, Bhalru said: "I am deeply sad and remorseful for my actions which resulted in the death of Irene Thorpe. I find myself in the position of being punished twice for my actions that night."

Bhalru's lawyer, Zool Suleman, said that with the deportation date fast approaching, a public plea was needed to get the immigration minister's attention.

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