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The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) today said that its leader Kumar Gunaratnam will not leave the country until the authorities declare their decision regarding the citizenship application he submitted earlier this month.


FSP Politburo member Pubudu Jagoda told the Daily Mirror although the Supreme Court suspension on the deportation order against Gunaratnam expired on Wednesday (18), the FSP leader would not be leaving the country until a decision was issued regarding the citizenship application he submitted to the Immigration and Emigration Department on February 5.


"Kumar's deportation issue is not a legal dilemma but a political issue - it cannot be solved within legal grounds," Pubudu said.


He pointed to the Fundamental Rights petition filed by Gunaratnam, which was rejected by the Supreme Courts yesterday and said it was not heard mainly due to the Court not being entitled to decide on matters pertaining to citizenship or the extension of visa.


"The sole authority lies with the Minister in charge of the subject - in this case Public Order Minister John Amaratunga and the cabinet,” he said.


"If his application is rejected, that again would be another issue because when the current Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran arrived in the country to assume duties in his post, he had been granted citizenship within a matter of a day. So why adopt double standards?" Jagoda questioned.  


However, Immigration and Emigration Controller Nihal Ranasinghe had said that Gunaratnam would be deported from the country by today.


Jagoda said a debate was due to be taken up in parliament today concerning Gunaratnam's deportation issue. (Lakna Paranamanna)
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  • gamaya Friday, 20 February 2015 08:25 AM

    This incident has turned out to be very interesting. As far as I know immigration and emigration has not been accepting dual citizenship applications for last three years. Meantime Ravi Karunanayaka proposed to increase the application fee to Rs. 500,000 per person. However, there was not word on resuming the application process yet for the public. If what Pubudu Jagoda is saying is true government has started giving dual citizenship from the back door.

    lara Friday, 20 February 2015 03:57 PM

    what if you get opportunity beccome dual citizenship . Do not like it ? . Will you not try to get it for your son or daughter in future if you can ? . Do not be jellous

    Anura Friday, 20 February 2015 09:19 AM

    We are waiting 5 years to see decision on our dual citizenship. Does this unemployed Australian citizen above me ?

    RHONDA Friday, 20 February 2015 12:30 PM

    Everyone who leaves Sri Lanka wants the best of two worlds.SEND HIM BACK LOCK, STOCK AND BARRELGROBR

    Senator Friday, 20 February 2015 12:49 PM

    If it was happening in the USA,he would have been handcuffed,legs chained and deported on the first direct flight to Colombo.(May be Sri Lankan Airlines)

    Jay Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:22 AM

    this happens always in US ... just you dont know about it... US is the worst ...if SL they given one guy... I think they should decide on him as well... he like to get involve in politics as well... dont see an issues with it.

    Asst WW Saturday, 21 February 2015 10:34 AM

    He may be wanted for some Crime In His Country - He can take WW too with him....

    Ceylonese Friday, 20 February 2015 04:37 AM

    Why I waste my time reading these craps. This is not a news at all. Anyway who is this guy sorry. via DM Android App

    Lakmalee Friday, 20 February 2015 11:11 AM

    This guy shows he has no respect for the law. A troublemaker. He is not making a good case for citizenship.

    Mason Friday, 20 February 2015 11:17 AM

    Our country would be a better place without the likes of him.

    ravi Friday, 20 February 2015 03:07 PM

    centrel bank chief is a educated guy.but this guy is a useless guy who makes trouble where ever he is.so beeter to get rid of the rubbish.the govt should have right to give or reject citizenship.same like in other countries.

    perera Friday, 20 February 2015 11:36 AM

    the politburo of the FSP should be arrested for shielding a fugitive or a overstayer of visa..the gunaratnam fellow should be deported forthwith.loke everyone else he can await the outcome of his application in the country of his domicile.


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