Bollywood singer Adnan Sami is likely to get Indian citizenship after it was endorsed by the attorney general of India and the Union home ministry.
The singer, who has been living in India since 2001, will be given Indian citizenship through a certificate of ‘naturalisation’ under Section 6 of the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955.
Section 6 of the Citizenship Act allows an applicant to be granted a certificate of naturalization if the central government is satisfied that he/she is qualified for the same under the provisions of the Third Schedule.
However, the conditions specified in the Third Schedule may be waived if the central government is of the opinion that the applicant has rendered distinguished service to the cause of science, philosophy, art, literature, world peace or human progress generally.
The move comes after his Pakistani passport was not renewed. Earlier in May, he was allowed to stay indefinitely in India.
Sami made several representations to Home Minister Rajnath Singh about his citizenship after which it was approved. It was given on the grounds that he has renounced his Pakistani citizenship, making India his home.
It is learnt that Sami was exempted from deportation proceedings under Section 3 of the Foreigners Act. In 2009, Sami’s wife filed a case of cheating and cruelty against him in Mumbai.
“The criminal case filed against him was also taken into account, and we came to the conclusion that it was a civil case, which shouldn’t come in the way of our decision,” said the official.
The citizenship which is likely to be granted to Sami comes in the backdrop of Shiv Sena ban on Pakistani artists in Maharashtra including renowned Ghazal singer Ghulam Ali.
“In pursuance of the powers conferred under Section 3A of Foreigners Act, 1946 (31 of 1946), the central government…declares…that he (Adnan Sami Khan, son of late Arshad Sami Khan) is exempted from deportation proceedings. This order shall remain valid until further orders,” said a home ministry order tabled in the Lok Sabha in August.
The Lahore-born Sami has sung in various Hindi films and has given hit songs like “Kabhi To Nazar Milao”, “Lift Kara De”, etc. His latest song is a qawali for the film ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’.