Karnataka High Court grants bail to illegal immigrant and Christian Bangladeshi woman with reference to CAA 2019

High Court of Karnataka granted bail to an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh, namely Archana Purnima Pramanik who is from the Christian community. The bail granted on the ground of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, Times of India reported.

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According to the media report, the court has taken a reference of Section 2 of the amended Citizenship Act 1955. According to the Citizenship Act, the minorities from neighbouring Islamic countries namely Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who entered India on or before December 31, 2014, should not be treated as illegal immigrants.
Archana claims that she was staying in India since 2003. Archana was booked for obtaining documents such as PAN and Aadhaar cards and also fraudulently obtaining an Indian Passport on March 28 last year. Archana was arrested on November 7, 2019, and a Sessions Court dismissed her bail petition on December 4, 2019.
Archana was born on March 23, 1983, at Tanore, Rajshahi district of Bangladesh. To pursue the nursing course, she came to India in 2003. After completing the diploma from Ranchi in 2006, she worked at various hospitals.
In 2010, she got married to Rajashekaran Krishnamurthy, and the marriage was registered at Ranchi. After the wedding, she moved to Bengaluru and obtained PAN, Aadhaar and Voter ID cards.
On April 1, 2019, she applied for a visa to Bangladesh for herself and her son. During her journey on May 20, 2019, they were detained at Kolkata airport and released later. However, the regional passport office issued a notice revoking Archana’s passport and RT Nagar police arrested her on November 7, 2019.