Rahul Gandhi’s Citizenship Row: Plea filed in Top Court to bar Congress chief from contesting polls

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The Supreme Court is likely to take up next week the plea filed to bar Rahul Gandhi from contesting polls over Citizenship row. The petition filed by two social-political activists of the United Hindu Front and Hindu Mahasabha seeks to bar Rahul Gandhi from contesting polls in India.

The plea further seeks a direction from the Top Court to the Poll Commission to delete Rahul Gandhi’s name from electoral rolls.

This came days after Union Ministry raising questions over Citizenship of Congress President on a complaint filed by BJP lawmaker Subramanian Swamy.

Union Home Ministry in the notice issued by BC Joshi, Director (Citizenship) stated, “This Ministry has received a representation from Dr Subramanian Swamy, Hon’ble M.P. 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 S023 9EH and that you were one of the Directors and Secretary of the said Company”.

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Following which Bharatiya Janata Party fired a salvo at Congress President Rahul Gandhi and ask him to make a clarification. “This is about three Cs – Citizenship, Confusion, and Clarification. The question of citizenship raised by the Home Ministry is based on authenticated documents,” BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra said on Tuesday in a Press Conference.

While reacting on the development, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, ‘When a member of Parliament writes to any ministry, action required on their query is taken. It is not a big development, it is a normal process.’

Earlier in a run-up to the national elections 2019, Rahul Gandhi’s nominations from Amethi parliamentary Seat was deferred after an independent candidate Dhruv Lal raised questions over his Citizenship. Ravi Prakash, an advocate of Dhruv Lal raising objections asserted that in the certificate of incorporation of a company registered in the United Kingdom, Rahul Gandhi has declared himself as a UK citizen.

However, the returning officer Ram Manohar Misra accepted the Congress President’s nomination papers and declared it as ‘valid’.

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