Constitution of India: Article 9: Persons voluntarily acquiring citizenship of a foreign State not to be citizens

Article 9: Persons voluntarily acquiring citizenship of a foreign State not to be citizens.

No person shall be a citizen of India by virtue of article 5 or be deemed to be a citizen of India by virtue of article 6 or article 8 if he has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of any foreign State.

Background

Article 9 was debated on 10th, 11th, and 12th August 1949. This Article barred dual citizenship. It was not initially a separate Article and instead was debated as a proviso to Draft Article 5 (Article 5) of the Constitution. During the revision stages, the Drafting Committee decided that the bar on dual citizenship must be a general principle and not be restricted to conditions under Article 5.During the Constituent Assembly debates, one member argued in favor of dual citizenship. He noted that it should be limited to countries that extend the same to Indians. However, the Assembly voted against this proposal without debate.