Supreme Court rejects plea seeking probe into Rahul Gandhi's citizenship
New Delhi : Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition that demanded a probe into Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship. In the petition, Rahul Gandhi has been tagged as a British citizen and on this basis it wanted the court to cancel Rahul Gandhi's nomination from the general elections.
"Some company in some form has mentioned Rahul Gandhi as British citizen, so does he becomes British citizen? Dismissed", Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.
Earlier, the Home Ministry had issues a notice to Rahul Gandhi seeking an explanation over complaints on his citizenship. A complaint alleging that he is a British citizen was filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy.
The home ministry said it had received a representation from Dr Subramanian Swamy in which it “has been brought out that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in the year 2003, with address 51 Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9EH and that you were one of the directors and secretary of the said company.”
“It has been brought out in the complaint that in the complaint that in the company’s annual returns filed on 10/10/2005 and 31/10/2006, your date of birth has been given as 19/06/1970 and that you have declared your nationality as British. Further, in the dissolution application dated 17/02/2009 of the above refereed company, your nationality has been mentioned as British,” says the letter from BC Joshi, director of citizenship, home ministry.
The Congress, on the other hand, has dismissed the allegations saying that this was just a political move by the BJP to divert public attention. “The entire world knows Rahul Gandhi is Indian citizen by birth. Modi ji has no answer for unemployment, he has no answer for agrarian distress and black money, that’s why he’s resorting to fake narrative,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.