I am Indian by birth, says Mani Subba

Guwahati, May 1:

Controversial Congress MP from Assam, Mani Kumar Subba, locked in a row over his citizenship, insists that he is an Indian by birth.

“I am 101 per cent Indian. I am going to prove this and come out clean on the issue,” said the Lok Sabha MP from Assam’s Tezpur parliamentary constituency.

Subba is in the eye of a storm after the Central Bureau of Investigation submitted to the Supreme Court that the MP’s birth certificates were not genuine. The apex court bench comprising Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and judges RV Raveendran and MK Sharma asked Subba to respond after the court reopens after summer vacation in about six weeks from now.

The CBI was investigating the case following a public interest litigation filed by Birendra Nath Singh of Noida who alleged that Subba was a Nepali citizen and was convicted of murder in Nepal.

In the 12th Lok Sabha elections in 1998, Subba in his nomination papers recorded his place of birth as Tezpur, Assam, and his date of birth as March 16, 1951. But his dossier during the 14th Lok Sabha shows his place of birth in Darjeeling and the date of birth as March 16, 1958.

Some media reports have alleged that Subba alias Mani Raj Limbo was a murder convict in Nepal and was jailed from 1971 to 1973 before he fled to India.