GUWAHATI, Oct 7 - The Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia has welcomed the Gauhati High Court order for release of Tinsukia-based Dinesh Prajapati from the detention camp at Dibrugarh.
�While delivering the judgement on WP(C) 4023/2018 on October 3 last, a two-judge Bench of the High Court comprising Justice Manojit Bhuyan and Justice Prasanta Kumar Deka did not accept Prajapati�s claim of being a member of a family based in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, but directed the plaintiff to be released from the detention camp and allowed him to enrol at the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) at Tinsukia.
This will enable Dinesh Prajapati to apply for citizenship after the statutory waiting period of ten years,� Saikia said in a statement.
Prajapati and his wife Tara Prajapati were declared as foreign nationals by a Foreigners Tribunal in 2002 and were on the verge of being deported when the matter came to the attention of the Leader of the Opposition.
Saikia had then engaged advocate Syed Burhanur Rahman to fight their case in the High Court. Tara Prajapati�s case is likely to come up for hearing next month.
�The chain of events involving Dinesh Prajapati has underlined that it is essential to provide legal aid to thousands of �Declared Foreigners� and �D� voters so that they too may secure justice,� Saikia said.