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‘Stateless’ man asks for changes to release conditions

Giuseppe Valiante, Canadian Press, 13 July 2015

MONTREAL — A man who has been convicted of trafficking drugs and weapons and who has no citizenship from any country is expected to learn on Thursday whether he can have his release conditions relaxed.

Deepan Budlakoti, 25, asked a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board on Monday to ease the restrictions of his release because he says they are psychologically harmful and violate his constitutional rights.

Budlakoti says he is not an official citizen of any country and is considered a “non-status” person living in Canada.

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‘Stateless’ Ottawa man seeking changes to release conditions

Michael Woods, Ottawa Metro News, 13 July 2015

An Ottawa man who considers himself “stateless” is asking the Immigration and Refugee Board to lift the bail-like restrictions under which he’s living, arguing they infringe on his Charter rights.

Deepan Budlakoti, 26, attended a hearing in Montreal Monday arguing that his release conditions — including that he check in regularly with the Canada Border Services Agency and not travel very far from Ottawa — are unconstitutional.

Budlakoti said he expects a decision this Thursday or Friday.

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Deepan Budlakoti, born in Canada without citizenship, appeals release conditions

 

Deepan Budlakoti appeared today at Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada hearing in Montreal.Ottawa-born man ordered removed from Canada, but has no citizenship elsewhere

CBCnews Montreal, 13 July

A man who was born in Canada but was never granted Canadian citizenship is now fighting the conditions of his release from custody pending a removal order.

Deepan Budlakoti appeared at an Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada hearing in Montreal this morning asking that his conditions – which include remaining in the Ottawa area and periodically checking in with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) – be loosened.

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‘Stateless’ man asks for changes to release conditions

The Canadian Press, 13 July 2015

MONTREAL – An immigration officer will decide later this week whether to change the release conditions for a man who is without citizenship from any country.

Deepan Budlakoti asked a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board Monday to relax the conditions of his release because he said they are psychologically harmful and violate his constitutional rights.

The federal government in 2011 declared Budlakoti inadmissible to remain in Canada because of past convictions of drug and weapons trafficking.

READ MORE: Not wanted in Canada: How the CBSA deals with some ‘inadmissibles’

Budlakoti was born in Ottawa in 1989 to Indian parents who worked for the Indian government, and he was not granted automatic citizenship.

He considers himself stateless.

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“Stateless” man fights to have immigration conditions lifted

Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen, 12 July 2015

A “stateless” man who has been ordered deported but has nowhere to go plans to ask the Immigration and Refugee Board on Monday to lift the bail-like conditions of his deportation order while he continues to fight his removal from Canada.

Deepan Budlakoti said he’s tired of living under the “stressful” restrictions that include requirements he report in regularly to Canadian Border Services Agency, not travel long distances and be available to appear on short notice at the request of immigration officials, among other conditions. A hearing is expected to start at 9 a.m. in Montreal.

Unlike a jail sentence, the immigration order “just never ends,” Budlakoti said.

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‘Stateless’ man wants restrictions lifted

Corey Larocque, Ottawa Sun, 6 July 2015

An Ottawa man who claims [sic] to be stateless because Canada wants to deport him and India won’t take him, wants the feds to lift restrictions imposed on his movements.

“I can’t go nowhere, so why should I have these conditions indefinitely,” Deepan Budlakoti said in an interview.

He’ll make his case at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing next Monday.

Budlakoti says he’s “stateless” because Canada won’t give him citizenship — despite the fact he was born here.

The government wants to deport him to India — the birthplace of his parents, but a country he’s never lived in and a country that says it won’t take him.

“There’s no case like this,” Budlakoti said.

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Deepan Budlakoti vows to continue legal fight for Canadian citizenship

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Michael Woods, Metro News, 9 June 2015

A man who says the Canadian government has rendered him stateless is vowing to take his legal fight to the country’s top court after the Federal Court of Appeal rejected his bid to be declared a Canadian citizen.

Deepan Budlakoti, 25, was born in Ottawa to Indian parents. Four years ago, at age 21, he was suddenly told that he’s not a Canadian citizen, despite being issued a Canadian birth certificate and passport. He was ordered out of Canada due to drug and firearms convictions.

He had asked that his citizenship be reinstated and argued that the government is infringing on his charter right to life, liberty and security of the person. The Federal Court ruled against him, and the Federal Court of Appeal upheld the ruling this week.

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‘Stateless’ Man Born in Canada Fights for Citizenship

Rachel Browne, Vice News, 29 May 2015

For the last five years, Deepan Budlakoti has fought to be accepted by the only country he has ever known.

In what is believed to be the only situation of its kind, Budlakoti has tried and failed to get Canadian citizenship, even though he was born in the nation’s capital. Despite the setbacks, he took his case to the Federal Court of Appeal this week, on the hope that, finally, his identity will be recognized.

Budlakoti was born in Ottawa in October of 1989 to parents who arrived from India four years earlier to work for the Indian High Commission.

Everything looked good on paper: he was issued a birth certificate and a Canadian passport. As far as he and his family were concerned, there was no doubt that he was a Canadian citizen, just like everyone else born in Canada.

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Indo-Canadian stateless man fights for citizenship

Zee news, 27 May 2015

Toronto: An Indian-origin man born in Canada, who has been rendered stateless following a deportation order for criminal offences, is continuing his fight for citizenship in a federal court, a media report said Wednesday.

Deepan Budlakoti, 25, born in Ottawa to Indian parents, was to be deported after drugs and firearms convictions four years ago and has since fought for reinstating his Canadian citizenship.

“I’m born and raised in Canada, and the government’s trying to deport me to a country where I’ve never been to,” he told Metro News Canada.

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