Hyderabad: Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili of the Telangana High Court on Thursday adjourned a writ petition filed by Dr Chenamaneni Ramesh, TRS MLA, seeking suspension of the Union home ministry's order that he is "not a citizen of India", to October 21 for detailed consideration.
Rama Rao, counsel for the MLA, prayed before the court to hear the writ petition in the physical mode, and not in video-conference mode as is happening due to the Covid-19 situation. “The voluminous records furnished by Ramesh need to be looked into before an order is passed,” counsel stressed. The court agreed to do this.
Counsel also informed the court that Adi Srinivas, who filed a complaint with the Union home ministry against Ramesh’s citizenship, does not have the locus standi to raise this issue as he had been defeated by Ramesh in earlier elections.
Ravikiran Rao, counsel appearing for the complainant, informed the judge that Dr. Ramesh is a German citizen. “He obtained a German passport in 2013 and got it renewed till 2023. He further approached the Indian embassy in Germany and obtained an OSI Card – which is issued to the persons who are nationals of other countries and he is travelling to India without a proper visa,” alleged the complainant.