The case of a Hong Kong-born Indian girl granted Chinese nationality and an SAR passport has prompted renewed interest from other ethnic minority applicants who thought they were ineligible. The surge in interest came as it was revealed that another Indian had also been given a passport. Rajesh Sadhwani, 37, said his application had been accepted several months before that of Vehka Harjani, 15, whose case was featured in the South China Morning Post yesterday. Sources in the Indian community believe there has been a softening of the approach adopted towards Chinese nationality law, although the government maintains there has been no change. Former Indian Chamber of Commerce chairman Raj Sital said he received some inquiries from people yesterday who previously thought they were not eligible but were now going to apply. Mr Sital said up to 100 Indian companies had set up offices in Guangdong alone and with so many Indians settling down on the mainland, naturalisation as Chinese would be a natural step for them as businessmen. 'We've applied to Chinese authorities to set up a representative [Indian Chamber of Commerce] office there to service our members,' he said. Vijay Harjani, Vehka's father, said he had received at least 20 calls from friends who were interested in applying for passports. It is understood the Immigration Department has received dozens of inquiries from people from ethnic minorities and up to eight applications are being processed. Mr Sadhwani, who was issued an SAR passport last December, moved to Hong Kong as a teenager. His family has diamond factories in Hong Kong and on the mainland, where they employ about 100 workers.