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Supreme Court dismisses Rahul Gandhi’s alleged UK citizenship petition

New Delhi | A petition that demanded a probe into the alleged British citizenship of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has been dismissed.

“Some company in some form has mentioned Rahul Gandhi as British citizen, so does he becomes British citizen? Dismissed”, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.

According to the petition, Rahul Gandhi should be debarred from contesting elections due to his non-Indian nationality.

Rahul Gandhi is currently contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and Wayanad in Kerala.

The petition was a result of the Home Ministry’s notice.

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 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-referred company, your nationality has been mentioned as British,” says the letter from BC Joshi, director of citizenship, home ministry.

The Congress had refuted the claims, their spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had gone further and accused the BJP of distracting people from the real issues.

Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had also dismissed the claims, terming them “rubbish”.

BJP had also raised issues in Amethi, however, the Returning Officer found his documents valid.


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