Govt revokes author Aatish Taseer’s OCI card

New Delhi, Nov 8: UK-born writer Aatish Taseer’s Overseas Citizenship of India status has been revoked for concealing the fact that his late father Salmaan Taseer was a Pakistani national.

But the controversy is that Taseer’s status of Overseas Citizenship of India has been revoked due to a story published in the Time magazine in May calling PM Modi ” Divider in Chief.”.

The Home Ministry spokesperson said said Taseer becomes ineligible to hold an OCI card, as per the Citizenship Act, 1955, as the OCI card is not issued to any person whose parents or grandparents are Pakistanis and he concealed this fact.

The 38-year-old writer is the son of late Pakistani politician Salmaan Taseer and Indian journalist Tavleen Singh.

The Home Ministry said he has not been complying with “very basic requirements” and concealing information.
He, however, countered the government saying he had not been given enough time to respond to the charges. But he had “comprehensively replied” to the August 13 notice and now plans to legally challenge the revocation of his OCI status.

“Aatish Ali Taseer, while submitting his PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) application, concealed the fact that his late father was of Pakistani origin,” Home Ministry spokesperson Vasudha Gupta tweeted.

As per the Citizenship Act, if the registration as an OCI card holder was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or concealment of any material fact, the registration as OCI card holder shall be cancelled. The person will also be blacklisted thereby banning his or her future entry into India.

The home ministry spokesperson said Taseer was given the opportunity to submit his reply/objection regarding his Person of India Origin/OCI cards, but he failed to dispute the notice.

OCI status allows foreign citizen of Indian-origin to travel to India visa-free and gives them the right to live and work in the country indefinitely.

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