‘Stateless’ man argues deportation before Court of Appeal

Video thumbnail for 'Stateless' man argues deportation before Court of AppealTom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, 26 May 2015

Deepan Budlakoti, born and raised in Canada, has no citizenship anywhere. But that doesn’t make him “stateless,” a lawyer for Citizenship and Immigration Canada argues.

Budlakoti needs to ask India whether he can get citizenship there before saying he’s stateless, the government argued in the Federal Court of Appeal Tuesday.

The 25-year-old convicted weapon and drug trafficker has fallen into an odd legal crack. His parents came to Canada in 1985 as diplomatic staff at the Indian High Commission. Their son Deepan was born here in October, 1989. Budlakoti has been ordered deported to India, but India rejected him. Indian officials said Budlakoti is not a citizen and have refused Canada’s request to issue him travel documents.

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