Rahul Gandhi’s Citizenship Row: Top Court rejects plea seeking to bar Congress chief from contesting polls

Rahul Gandhi

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the petition seeking to direct the Election Commission of India (ECI) to debar Congress President Rahul Gandhi from contesting the Lok Sabha polls after he had “voluntarily acquired British nationality.”

The Top Court Bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said, “We dismiss the petition. There is no merit in the petition.”

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 sought 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 of Home Affairs issued a notice 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”.

READ: MHA issues notice to Rahul Gandhi over ‘Citizenship’ Row’; asks to furnish response within Fortnight

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

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