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Order to expel Sehgal awaits Chalerm's nod

Satish Sehgal

Satish Sehgal

Immigration Commission has voted to cancel the residency permit for an Indian businessman who addressed an anti-government rally, a source at the commission has revealed.

However, Satish Sehgal has yet to be informed of a decision by the commission to deport him for his involvement with protests led by the People Democratic Reform Committee.

A source close to Satish said yesterday the businessman had not had any formal notice from the panel about the matter. The panel had earlier resolved that he had not committed any wrongdoing that would warrant deportation, the source noted.

The commission, which is under the Interior Ministry, decided by a majority vote to revoke Satish's residency permit following a long debate among the nine panel members, a source in the commission said yesterday.

In a secret ballot, five panel members voted for revocation, while two voted against and two others abstained from voting, according to the source, who added that the commission met on Monday to discuss the matter.

By law the prime minister has the authority to endorse such a decision but the PM has delegated that power to Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung, who is now in charge of the government's Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order, according to the source.

The order to revoke Satish's residency permit was submitted to Chalerm on Thursday and he was expected to sign to endorse it next week, the source said. However, Satish had the right to seek a court injunction to oppose the move.

Satish, 70, is a former president of the Thai-Indian Business Association, and has lived in Thailand for over five decades. He is a PDRC leader but has rarely appeared on stage at rally sites following a threat to deport him.

Satish's legal adviser, who asked not to be named, said Satish would bring the case to court and appeal to HM the King over this matter. He would also sue the officials involved.

If Satish's residency permit is revoked, the Immigration Bureau will ask for him to be detained for deportation from Thailand.






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