SC dismisses plea questioning Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking to debar Congress President Rahul Gandhi from contesting the Lok Sabha elections till the issue of his citizenship is decided.

The petitioners had said that in a form along with the annual data of a UK-based company in 2005-06, it was allegedly mentioned that Rahul Gandhi is a British citizen.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the contention of the petitioners.

“If some company in some form mentions his nationality as British, does he become a British citizen,” the bench said. 

The petitions were filed by two activists wanted the top Court to direct the government to decide whether Rahul Gandhi was a British citizen and whether he should be allowed to contest the Lok Sabha polls.

In April, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi to clarify his nationality within a fortnight after BJP MP Subramanian Swamy alleged that he is a British citizen.