NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition to investigate the citizenship of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and bar him from contesting the Lok Sabha elections.
Delhi residents Jai Bhagwan Goyal and Chandra Prakash Tyagi claimed in their petition that Gandhi was named a British citizen in a UK company’s form and annual data. They also said that as prima facie evidence in this regard has been produced before the home ministry and the Election Commission (EC), Gandhi should not have been allowed to contest the Lok Sabha polls.
The petitioners had also sought a direction to the EC to remove Gandhi’s name from “electoral roll till the decision of the question of acquisition of his British citizenship is pending".
“Some company in some form has mentioned Rahul Gandhi as British citizen. So does he become a British citizen? Dismissed," Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.
“When did you come to know about it?" asked Justice Deepak Gupta, about Gandhi’s citizenship. In 2015, replied the petitioners’ counsel. “Why are you coming now?" asked the bench that also included Justice Sanjeev Khanna.
The counsel replied that Gandhi wants to be the prime minister and that is why this was important. “Each one of the 100 crore population of the country aspires to be the prime minister. What if you get the opportunity, would you mind being the prime minister? It is a healthy aspiration to have", Gogoi said. “Do you mind if he (Rahul Gandhi) becomes the prime minister?"
On 30 April, the home ministry had issued a notice to the Congress president to explain his position over complaints on his citizenship after Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy alleged that Gandhi was a British citizen. The home ministry had said Swamy’s letter mentioned that in the UK company’s annual returns filed on 10 October 2005 and 31 October 2006 Rahul’s date of birth has been given as 19 June 1970 and he had declared his nationality as British. Swamy, in his complaint, claimed that Gandhi was listed as one of the directors of a company registered before the company registration board of England and Wales.