NEW DELHI (TIP): The Supreme Court , on May 9, dismissed a plea seeking directions to the Centre and the Election Commission to debar Congress president Rahul Gandhi from contesting Lok Sabha elections till the issue of his citizenship is decided.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the contention of the petitioners, who said that in a form along with the annual data of a UK-based company in 2005-06, it was allegedly mentioned that Gandhi is a British citizen.
“If some company in some form mentions his nationality as British, does he become a British citizen?” the Bench asked the petitioners.
The plea had said the petitioners were “dissatisfied” with the “inaction” of the Centre and the poll panel in “deciding the question of voluntary acquisition of British citizenship” by Gandhi in spite of a November 2015 communication by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in this regard.
In a recent letter to Gandhi, the Home Ministry had said it has received a representation that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the UK in 2003 with Gandhi as one of its directors, and that he had declared his nationality as British.