MHA notice to Rahul Gandhi over complaint on his citizenship

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi in connection with a complaint on his citizenship. The complaint was filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy who alleged that Rahul Gandhi is a British citizen.

The MHA asked Rahul to respond within a “fortnight” to explain his factual position.

“I am directed to say that this ministry has 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,” says the letter from the home ministry.

The letter further said: “It has been further brought out in the complaint that in the company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005 and October 31, 2006, your date of birth has been given as June 19, 1970 and that you had declared your nationality as British.”

“It says the dissolution application of the company, dated February 17, 2009, also referred to Rahul Gandhi’s nationality as British,” the letter added.

“You are expected to explain the factual position in this matter to the ministry within a fortnight of receipt of this communication,” the home ministry notice said.