Gujarat High Court Asks Godhra Convict’s Pakistani Wife to Apply for Indian Citizenship

January 8, 2016

Yester day, Gujarat High Court directed Godhra train incident convict Irfan Pada’s Pakistani wife Maria to apply for Indian citizenship by January 14. and allowed her to stay in India till February 16.

Justice R M Chhaya passed the direction on Maria’s application. Maria’s application sought relief after her long-term visa expired. Her application for visa extension was also rejected.

The judge asked her to file an application by January 14 for Indian citizenship. The court said that if no such application is filed, then the authorities can deport her to Pakistan.

The court also said that Union government must decide her application by February 15.
Irfan Pada and 30 others have been convicted in the 2002 Godhra train burning incident and sentenced to life.

He got bail in November 2014 to marry Maria, who had come on a long-term visa. Maria came to marry pada from Pakistan. They have a one-month-old daughter.

The Gujarat government discarded her application for visa extension. It asked her to leave the country by January 8.

In her petition in the high court, Maria argued that the Gujarat government does not have the power to discard her application based on the opinion of police.

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