Guwahati: The Gauhati High Court on Friday has granted bail to army veteran Mohammad Sanaullah, who is now in detention camp after a Foreigners’ Tribunal had declared him a foreigner. A notice has also been issued to the Union, State government, National Register of Citizens (NRC) authority and the investigating officer.

A division bench of the Gauhati High Court has issued a notice to the Union government, Defence ministry, state government, NRC authority, Investigating Officer Chandramal Das and other respondents while hearing a writ petition filed by the family members of Sanaullah.

The bench has also granted him interim bail.

52-year-old Md Sanaullah, who retired from the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) of the Indian Army as an honorary Lieutenant on May 31, 2017 was arrested by the Assam police’s border wing after the Foreigners’ Tribunal No 2 at Boko in Kamrup district had declared him a foreigner on May 23 last and sent the Kargil war veteran to a detention camp in Goalpara.

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“We have filed a writ petition before the Gauhati High Court for Md. Sanaullah and also filed an interlocutory application. The court has issued a notice to all respondents including Union of India, State of Assam, NRC authority and private respondent inquiry officer Chandramal Das,” Advocate Sayed Burhanur Rahman said.

“I was also present in court no 6. The court heard arguments from both sides. An advocate of the Supreme Court Indira Jaisingh had submitted all documents before the court. He (Md. Sanaullah) is a genuine Indian,” Ajmal Haque, a relative of Md. Sanaullah said.