Panaji: GPCC Working President Aleixo Sequeira is likely to be in trouble with a Verna-resident filing case of dual citizenship against him with State Crime Branch.
Francis De Mello, a resident of Poriebhatt, Verna has filed complaint against Sequeira under section 3 and 4 of the Official Secrets Act, and Section 9(2) and 17 of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
The complainant has alleged that Sequeira “is not the citizen of India as he has voluntarily given up his citizenship.” “The accused have ceased to be a citizen of India, on account of the accused voluntarily getting his birth registered in the central registry t Lison Portugal on 27 March 2001 under the Entry no. 42365 and dairy no. 9020-A.”
De Mello has said that Sequeira after getting his birth registered at Lisbon Portugal applied for a Portuguese passport and upon obtaining the same travelled abroad by using the foreign passport on several occasions.
The complaint mentions that Sequeira while enjoying the Portuguese nationality dishonestly took oath of the office and secrecy affirming that he shall bear true faith and allegiance to the constitution of India. “The constitution stated that no person shall be citizen of India by virtue of article 5 or be deemed to be citizen of India by virtue of article 6 or 8, if he has voluntarily acquired citizenship of any foreign state.
“Therefore, the accused after getting his birth registered in 2001 and thereafter voluntarily acquiring citizenship of Portugal resulting into he giving up Indian citizenship.”