Avtar Henry – four times MLA and also a cabinet minister from 2002 to 2005 whose real name is Avtar Singh Sanghera, is alleged to have voluntarily acquired UK citizenship in January 1968.
CHANDIGARH – The Punjab and Haryana High Courtdirected the Union Home Ministry, Punjab Chief Secretary and the DGP to complete within four weeks an inquiry into former cabinet minister Avtar Henry’s nationality.
The Bench directed the completion of the on-going inquiry into Ajay Sehgal’s complaint dated September 9, 2011, alleging that Avtar Henry – four times MLA and also a cabinet minister from 2002 to 2005 – was not an Indian national.
It was alleged that Henry had voluntarily acquired UK citizenship in January 1968, and had obtained a British passport on March 1, 1968.
He further alleged Avtar Singh Sanghera, Avtar Henry’s real name, mentioned his father’s name as Lakhbir Singh, though actually his father’s name is Joginder Singh.
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