//SC asks home ministry to trace Assam MP

SC asks home ministry to trace Assam MP

NEW DELHI, Jan. 30. — The Supreme Court today asked the Union home ministry to ascertain facts about Congress MP from Tezpur in Assam Mr MK Subba, who has been accused of illegally acquiring Indian citizenship after having been convicted in a criminal case in Nepal.

The SC had earlier issued notice to the Centre and Mr Subba in January last year on a petition seeking a CBI probe into his antecedents. When the matter came up for hearing before a bench of the Chief Justice Mr YK Sabharwal, Mr Justice CK Thakker and Mr Justice RV Raveendran, the petitioner’s counsel, Mr Ambhoj Kumar Sinha pointed out that till date, the Centre and Mr Subba have not filed their replies to the petition. On the behalf of the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Mr Vikas Singh sought four weeks to file the reply. He also requested the court to issue a notice to the Election Commission on the matter.

However, giving last opportunity to the home ministry and Mr Subba, the Bench asked them to respond to the petition within two weeks putting it down as to whether he was a criminal and whether the criminal cases pending against him in Nepal had come to a conclusion. The court also asked the ministry to respond to the allegation that he had crossed over to India. “Is it not the duty of the ministry of home affairs to find out the facts?” the Court said. The Bench also issued notice to CBI in the case. — PTI