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Deepan Budlakoti’s appeal to be declared Canadian citizen dismissed by Supreme Court

Deepan Budlakoti’s appeal to be declared Canadian citizen dismissed by Supreme Court

Federal Court of Appeal had ruled against Deepan Budlakoti in June 2015

CBC News Posted: Jan 28, 2016 12:25 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016 12:25 PM ET

Deepan Budlakoti, pictured outside the Supreme Court building in Ottawa in June 2014, had his citizenship appeal dismissed with costs on Thursday.

Deepan Budlakoti, pictured outside the Supreme Court building in Ottawa in June 2014, had his citizenship appeal dismissed with costs on Thursday. (The Canadian Press)

Canada’s top court on Thursday dismissed, with costs, the case of a twice-convicted Ottawa man who was born in Canada but was never granted Canadian citizenship.

Under Canadian law, citizenship by birth doesn’t apply to people whose parents were in Canada as diplomats or representatives of a foreign government, or whose parents were employed by such a person, at the time of their birth.

When Deepan Budlakoti was born in Ottawa in 1989, his parents were both Indian nationals working for the Indian High Commission.

In 1992, Budlakoti’s parents were granted permanent resident status. They applied for citizenship for themselves but not for their son. Their application was accepted.

Convicted of weapons and drug traffickingDeepan Budlakoti stateless Canada citizenship

According to court documents, Budlakoti was convicted in 2009 of breaking and entering and sentenced to four months in jail. He was considered a permanent resident of Canada at that time.

Deepan Budlakoti was born in Ottawa but under Canadian law, citizenship by birth doesn’t apply to people whose parents were in Canada as diplomats or representatives of a foreign government, or whose parents were employed by such a person at the time of their birth. (Thomas Daigle/CBC)

In 2010, he was convicted of weapons trafficking, possession of a firearm and drug trafficking and was sentenced to three years in jail.

The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration’s office launched an investigation into Budlakoti’s status in Canada in 2011.

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