Supreme Court dismisses plea against Rahul Gandhi’s UK citizenship

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Supreme Court has dismissed the plea that demanded the investigation to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship of UK and his debarment from fighting the Lok Sabha elections.

The petitioner had argued that Rahul Gandhi was listed as a British citizen in a company named Backops limited that was registered in the United Kingdom in the year 2003.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi dismissed the plea saying that “some company in some form has mentioned Rahul Gandhi as a British citizen doesn’t mean that he becomes a British citizen.”

The petition was filed by Delhi residents Jai Bhagwan Goyal and Chander Prakash Tyagi who alleged that the form along with the annual data of UK based company in 2005-2006 had Rahul Gandhi’s name mentioned as a British citizen.

Previous month BJP parliamentary and Subramanian Swamy question Rahul Gandhi and was asked by the government to respond within 15 days to a complaint claiming his British citizenship.

The petitioners moved to the Election Commission and sought a probe into the matter seeking his debarment from contesting the elections.

Rahul Gandhi is contesting 2019 Lok Sabha elections from two Parliamentary constituencies, Wayanad and Amethi.

Previously Thushar Vellapally raised questions over the affidavit that was file during the nomination of Rahul Gandhi in which Rahul Gandhi hid his citizenship of the UK and his educational qualifications.

Similarly, BJP candidate Smriti Irani from Amethi parliamentary constituency asked an investigation into the matter of citizenship of Rahul Gandhi.

Both candidates sought the Election Commission’s response and said that Rahul Gandhi should be debarred from contesting elections as this is a violation and a non-Indian citizen cannot contest the elections.

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