Man gets 1-year jail for hiding wife’s citizenship | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: A magistrate’s court has convicted and sentenced a 41-year-old man to a year’s imprisonment for failing to report to the authorities that the woman he had married was a foreigner and was living in the country illegally.
The man’s wife was also convicted and sentenced to a year in jail for being an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh.
The man, Sameer Barai, and his wife, Jyoti, have two children.
“There is nothing on record to show that accused no 1 (Sameer) at any point of time reported to police that accused no 2 (Jyoti) is a foreigner. To the contrary, it reveals that he (is) married to accused no 2, and they have two children out of this marriage. No one can suppose that a husband do not (sic) know the basic fact of citizenship of his wife. It is not at all expected. Any sane person can go with the same line of thinking,” the court said.
The court directed the prosecution to take “deportation action” against Jyoti after she completes her sentence.
Refusing to grant leniency, the court observed that a citizen of the country had committed breach of his “obligatory duty” and left the future of his children in the dark.
“Such offending act on the part of accused persons cannot be taken liberally. To my mind, if such leniency is given, the same may prove dangerous to the national security and even to the legitimate rights of Indian citizens as because of such unauthorized entries, the foreigners can give taxation on the economy of India,” the court said.
The prosecution case was that in February 2017, the police received information that Bangladeshi nationals would be “illegally arriving” at Reay Road railway station.

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