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Satish Sehgal

Satish Sehgal

Want aid to stop deportation of Sehgal, who has lived here 50 years

The Silom business community has urged the Indian Embassy to intervene to stop a prominent Indian businessman who has lived in Thailand for half a century from being deported over his role in anti-government protests.

A group of businesspeople led by Chumsil Sothipreedawong yesterday submitted a petition to the embassy in support of Indian national Satish Sehgal.

In the letter, the group said Sehgal should not be deported because he had lived in Thailand a long time and had made many contributions to Thai society, the economy and Thailand-India relations.

Sehgal, who has lived in Thailand since 1964, is chairman of the India-Thai Business Forum and most of his relatives have Thai citizenship.

"Although he is an Indian national and ethnic [Indian], Satish has lived in Thailand for long time and is very loyal to the Thai monarchy," the group said.

"The CMPO [Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order] order to deport Satish is too

harsh.

"The ambassador should provide assistance to protect his rights, his living in Thailand, as well as the continuity of his business."

An immigration official said a board with made up of various security agency officials chaired by Wibul Sanguanpong, permanent secretary at the Interior Ministry, would today consider the request by the Department of Special Investigation and the CMPO to deport Sehgal.

Interior Minister Jaruphong Ruangsuwan said he had instructed Wibul to collect as much evidence as possible to support the Government's case against Sehgal.

However the immigration official said the evidence against the Indian was not strong enough.

He said there were news reports of Sehgal's involvement in protests at the offices of various government agencies, but none of the agencies had lodged a complaint against him.

Most of Sehgal's protests occurred before the state of emergency declaration.

The official said it was risky to try and deport Sehgal without solid evidence, as he could initiate legal action to stay in the country or seek a huge compensation pay-out.






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