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GFG slams Goa govt for silence on MEA OIC Corrigendum – Goemkarponn

GFG slams Goa govt for silence on MEA OIC Corrigendum – Goemkarponn

Goemkarponn office

PANAJI: The deadline for deciding such a case is June 2, hence NGO Goans for Goa (GFG) has criticized the Goa government for remaining silent on the central government’s corrigendum regarding OCI demands .

“Even though this Corrigendum was issued on April 30, eight days before the motion was decided, the government’s defense counsel failed to submit it to the High Court on May 6. Kennedy Afonso, the founding president of GFG, said: “This suppression of important information constitutes a serious violation amounting to contempt of court.

An office memorandum issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on April 4 said ‘revocation certificates’ were acceptable as replacement documents for ‘surrender certificates’ issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). But subsequently, the MEA issued a Corrigendum stating that the MHA is currently looking into this issue.

The Regional Passport Office and other relevant government agencies have been directed by the High Court to follow up on the April 4 MEA OM, which communicated the MHA’s decision regarding OCI registration, during the hearing of several petitions challenging the cancellation of Indian passports held by Goan origins with Portuguese. Nationality.

A petitioner claimed that he was unable to submit a passport surrender certificate since the RPO had issued a revocation certificate, for which the authorities had been directed to reassess the petitioner’s application within a fortnight . The government neglected to notify the High Court of the April 30 correction, despite the May 6 order.

“The Indian government must fulfill the promise it made to the High Court, accept the May 6 order and issue a notice announcing that it will no longer issue OCIs. This would be a definitive resolution. The defense lawyer must file the amendment with the High Court by June 2 if the MHA rejects the High Court order, according to Afonso. This will allow the court to issue a new decision that will provide relief to the parties involved.