Evidence 'not enough' to deport Satish

The Immigration Commission in charge of ruling on the case of Indian-born businessman Satish Sehgal for participating in the anti-government protests has resolved not to deport him and told the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order it needs more evidence.

The nine-member panel chaired by interior permanent secretary Wiboon Sanguanpong announced its resolution at a meeting on Monday with CMPO representatives from the National Security Council and Department of Special Investigation, Isara News Agency (INA) reported on Wednesday. 

Mr Wiboon assigned his deputy Prapas Boonyindee to chair the meeting on his behalf to discuss the CMPO’s request seeking the expulsion of Mr Sehgal who is chairman of the Thai-Indian Business Association   

At the meeting, CMPO representatives accused Mr Sehgal of committing acts deemed "threats to national security" by supporting and rallying with People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest leaders already wanted by police. They asked the panel to deport him, citing section 12 of the Immigration Act. 

Mr Prapas argued the evidence presented by the CMPO was insufficient to banish the 70-year-old businessman and therefore the case did not meet the deportation criteria outlined in the immigration law. Another commissioner representing the Office of the Attorney General backed Mr Prapas's ruling of insufficient evidence. 

"The important point is Mr Satish’s speech [during his appearance on the rally stage] was not a threat to national security. He mainly talked about loyalty to the royal institution,”  Mr Prapas was quoted as saying by a source at the meeting.    

The meeting ended after the interior deputy permanent secretary asked CMPO representatives to return with more evidence that showed Mr Sehgal was a national threat, the report said. 

Mr Sehgal has lived in Thailand for more than 50 years. 

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