Supreme Court Hears Plea By Two Overseas Citizen Of India Pertaining To Participation In National Chess Tournaments
The responses from the Telangana State Chess Association and the All-India Chess Federation had been sought earlier by the Supreme Court on account of plea by two minor OCIs
A vacation bench of Justices Dipankar Datta and Pankaj Mithal did not entertain a plea filed on behalf of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) children for challenging a bar on their participation in National Chess Tournaments in the case of Amaya Agarwal and anr v. All India Chess Federation and ors. It mentioned that it would first like to have the High Court's ruling on this issue.
The Court expressed its concern while initiating the young children into litigation at such a young age and asked the Petitioner to approach the High Court under Article 226, rather than Article 32 for the Supreme Court.
The Counsel for the Petitioner sought to withdraw the petition and move the appropriate court in this regard which was allowed. The responses from the Telangana State Chess Association and the All-India Chess Federation had been sought earlier by the Supreme Court on account of plea by two minor OCIs. The twin chess players were prohibited from participating the national-level chess competitions. The Petitioner therefore challenged a policy that prevented OCIs from representing India in International Tournaments. The Counsel for the Petitioner also mentioned that the policy violates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,
The plea also stated that the petitioner could surrender their British Citizenship once they turn 18 as India, like Britain, does not allow dual citizenship. Therefore, minors born and residing in India and registered as OCIs must have the same status of dual citizenship like the minors born outside India.
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