Satish defies deportation threats

A long-time resident from India vowed on Thursday to go on anti-government stages despite threats from the caretaker government to deport him.

Satish Sehgal said he would continue to take to the stages to praise the institution of the monarchy and Thailand in the face of the deportation threat.

The president of the India-Thai Business Association was speaking to the public for the first time at Pathumwan intersection after the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order on Monday decided to deport him for joining the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

The centre said on Monday that it would direct the Immigration Bureau to remove his right to stay in Thailand.

Mr Satish said on the same day that he had already ended his participation after the state of emergency.

Asked by Chermsak Pinthong on the stage on Thursday about the deportation, he said there could be a fallout for Thailand instead not him as the country could lose trade, investment and tourism opportunities with emerging India.

Mr Satish was an advisor to many former ministers, including the administration run by Thaksin Shinawatra and Chuan Leekpai, and has been involved in trade and business negotiations.

He has lived in Thailand for more than 50 years.

PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban stepped on to the stage to give him moral support and praised his loyalty to His Majesty the King.

''In the case of Mr Satish Sehgal, I didn't know that he was not a native. I've been impressed wih him since he was on our stage back at Samsen because of the way he showed his loyalty to our king,'' he said.

Mr Suthep said he had planned to show sympathy and give him support in person on behalf of all demonstrators, but Thursday night was an opportunity to do it in public as he was on the stage.

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Discussion 1 : 08/02/2014 at 07:46 PM
In December the Immigration Bureau issued its first warning stating that foreign nationals should not participate in the protests because this was illegal and dangerous and that violations could result in deportation. Warnings are made to be heeded, day or night, democracy or not, if agreed with or not, whether perceived as ethical or not. We are all taught this at school. It is a large part of what keeps us civilized. If one wants to join a protest find a legal way to do it like K. Suthep has.
Discussion 2 : 07/02/2014 at 11:58 AM
So if he decides to close all his bussiness in Thailand and move somewhere else the caretakers will be hapy
Discussion 3 : 07/02/2014 at 09:17 AM
Mr. Satish has been in Thailand ALL HIS LIFE, and contributed so much to the economical development of Thailand. Let's also not forgot how many administrations he has been an advisor to. Just because he doesn't have a little piece of paper to say that he is Thai, Yingluck's government wants to discredit all the work he has done for the Kingdom? What's wrong with speaking out against Yingluck's and Pheu Thai's corruption? If they've acted outside the law, then maybe it's the government that needs to be deported, not Mr. Satish. This act of bullying and harrassment by Yingluck's government is simply unjust and unethical.
Discussion 4 : 07/02/2014 at 07:03 AM
50 years in Thailand, and no doubt during that time adding to society, paying taxes and acting as a beneficial member of the business community, but still just a tourist. This is really Thailand's most shameful practice towards foreigners. We are welcome to live her, shop here, pay outrageous taxes here without hope of benefit, support families (and often the children of other less responsible Thais), but we can never be more than tourists and one whim of a government official away from deportation. After 5 years in the U.S., he would have been a full citizen. Shame on them.
Discussion 5 : 07/02/2014 at 06:05 AM
The "pro-democracy" government, proclaiming in concurrent articles how all are equal, work hard towards deporting people living in thailand for 50+ years - just because they voiced their opinions. :)
Discussion 6 : 07/02/2014 at 05:28 AM
mr satish sehgal should know better!! the first thing a foreigner learns is not to interfere with the politics of the country he is visiting or residing in! did he really expect the authorities to ignore this demonstration of 'loyalty' to one who has taken thailand to the mire? yesterday we saw two idiots on stage and it wont surprise me to see one of them heading back to where he came from!! the thai-indian business association will certainly be looking for another representative and soon! a clear lesson on how not to conduct business or make friends and influence people! a right twit as we say in the uk!
Discussion 7 : 07/02/2014 at 05:06 AM
Are you a lawyer or how can you make such a sweeping statement ? Your screen name seem very inappropriate.
Discussion 8 : 06/02/2014 at 11:41 PM
There were many ways to have expressed a dissent or support the movement. Making speeches directly contradicts the visa regulations and he must be deported.
Discussion 9 : 06/02/2014 at 10:46 PM
From which planet to do you transmit your silly message?
Discussion 10 : 06/02/2014 at 10:21 PM
So is that right? Where and when do we see the over preached democracy actually materialize. Are freedom of speech and movement not a basic right in a democracy? Somewhere somehow this country needs to reform on all levels.
Discussion 11 : 06/02/2014 at 10:13 PM
He might have been charged with espionage???? LOL and triple LOL…I have NEVER read such stupidity in my life….You are very lucky Bangkok Post wants to publish this hilarious statement….
Discussion 12 : 06/02/2014 at 09:58 PM
Non Thai citizen who cannot vote in Thailand, but this person is happy to deny Thai citizens the right to vote in their own elections. How can that be correct?
Discussion 13 : 06/02/2014 at 09:51 PM
All foreigners with or without thai wifes, who had participated in red-shirt demonstrations and camped out on ratchadamri in 2010, had excercised their basic human rights of free speech and right to demonstrate. The democratic party-lead government then did not seek retribution or resort to deportation. This current government prefers foreigners who are against it to shut-up and become second-class citizens.
Discussion 14 : 06/02/2014 at 09:27 PM
Foreigners in thailand who participate in any political protests are violating the conditions of stay as stipulated in the immigration laws. Deportation is already the lenient penalty against this indian businessman. He might have been charged against espionage.

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