Recently, Pakistani singer Adnan Sami has been granted Indian citizenship under Indian Citizenship Act, 1955. With this reference, consider the following statements:
- The power to grant citizenship lies with the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
- The Indian constitution does allow dual citizenship in some exceptional cases.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
First statement is incorrect because the power to grant citizenship lies with the Home Ministry. Citizenship of India can be acquired by: Birth, Descent, Registration, Naturalization, and Incorporation of territory, Termination, Renunciation, Acquisition of another country and Deprivation.
Adnan Sami acquired Indian citizenship under the category “citizenship by naturalisation". Second statement is incorrect because Indian constitution does not allow or recognize "dual citizenship".
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