Deepan Budlakoti's citizenship case won't get Supreme Court hearing

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal from an Ottawa man who has been fighting for Canadian citizenship.

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Deepan Budlakoti was born in Canada, holds an Ontario birth certificate and was issued a Canadian passport, but the government says he is not a citizen and wants to deport him.

The government argues Budlakoti did not automatically become a Canadian at birth in October 1989 because his parents were foreign nationals employed by a foreign diplomat, the Indian high commissioner.

Following drug and firearms convictions in 2010, Budlakoti was ordered out of Canada.

He has been fighting deportation ever since, but has been turned down by both the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.

As usual, the Supreme Court gives no reasons for refusing to hear the case.


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