Criminal Investigation Request for Indians Obtaining 'Cyprus' Citizenship
Fileleftheros newspaper reported extensively on a letter sent by the former secretary of the Indian government to the Indian Minister of Internal Affairs, requesting an investigation into 66 Indians who obtained "Cyprus" citizenship.
The headline read, "Great Shock in India—Cyprus Confidential: Letter to the Minister for Criminal Investigations—Criminal Prosecution for 66 Cypriots in India."
The former secretary of the Indian government sent a letter to the Indian Minister of Internal Affairs, stating that Indians who obtained citizenship under South Cyprus' investment program (CIP) violated the Indian Constitution and laws. Therefore, he urged the initiation of criminal investigations against them. The newspaper noted that having dual citizenship is considered illegal in India.
The article highlighted that this shock in India surfaced last Thursday following revelations by the "Indian Express" newspaper. It also pointed out that the "Indian Express" was part of the group involved in the investigation called "Cyprus Confidential."
According to the report, the former Indian government secretary, E.A.S Sarma, requested the Indian Minister of Internal Affairs, Ajay Kumar Bhalla, to investigate the incident. He asked the minister to take all necessary actions to ensure criminal prosecutions for Indians who obtained citizenship. Sarma also urged the minister to request information from the Republic of Cyprus to assist Indian authorities.
The newspaper included details from the "Indian Express" article in its coverage.