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Subba not our citizen: Nepal

Guwahati, May 22: The Nepal government has written to the court of special judicial magistrate, Assam, saying that former Congress MP from Assam and lottery baron Mani Kumar Subba is not a citizen of Nepal.

The foreign ministry of Nepal wrote in reply to a letter of regoratory from the special judicial magistrate’s court some months ago seeking information about Subba’s alleged Nepalese citizenship.

Subba’s lawyer, Sailen Das, today said the Nepal government has also stated in its letter that Mani Kumar Subba and Mani Raj Limbu are two different persons.

The court had written to the Nepal government in connection with a case registered against Subba by the CBI accusing him of obtaining passport based on forged documents.

According to the CBI, Subba is not an Indian citizen and was born in Nepal.

In its chargesheet filed before the special judicial magistrate’s court in January last year, the investing agency has said Subba was a Nepali national and his actual name was Mani Raj Limbu. The CBI has filed its chargesheet against Subba under Sections 468, 420, 471 IPC pertaining to cheating, forgery, giving false evidence, and Section 12 of the Indian Passport Act.

“The Nepal government has also stated that Mani Raj Limbu is a man who was convicted for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment but he was released from jail in 1982 according to an order passed by the full bench of the Supreme Court of Nepal,” Das said.

“According to the Nepal government, Subba does not have any landed property in that country,” he said.

Das said though the court received the reply from the Nepal government last month, they came to know about it during arguments on framing of charges against Subba today.

Subba’s Indian citizenship had come under the scanner after one Birendra Nath Singh filed a petition in the Supreme Court in 2005 alleging that Subba was a Nepali citizen who had fled to India after a murder case was registered against him in Nepal in the early seventies.

Hearing the petition, the apex court directed the CBI to inquire into the matter. The CBI submitted a report in the Supreme Court stating that he obtained a birth certificate in a fraudulent manner.

Subba had raised objections to the report filed by the CBI on his nationality.

The Supreme Court then asked the CBI to prosecute Subba for allegedly obtaining a passport by supplying wrong information and accordingly the CBI filed the chargesheet in the court of special judicial magistrate here.