The letter has now posed an issue before the Union Home Ministry to decide whether Ticlo was an Indian citizen when he contested Assembly election in Goa, the state of Indian Union.
As per the election rules, no foreign citizen can contest election in India.
Based on this, Melwyn Fernandes had filed a petition before the Union Home Ministry on 9 Janaury this year, stating that Ticlo is not Indian citizen but a Portuguese citizen.
In retaliation, Ticlo had approached the Bombay high court at Panaji, to direct the Union Home Ministry not to go into this issue, claiming it to be “politically motivated.”
As per the Portuguese law, any person who registered his birth in Portugal becomes a Portuguese citizen.