The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition alleging Congress President Rahul Gandhi acquiring dual citizenship and that he be disqualified from contesting the Lok Sabha elections.
A bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna dismissed the petition.
“Some company in some form has mentioned Rahul Gandhi as a British citizen, so does he become a British citizen? Dismissed,” CJI Gogoi said.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs had issued a notice to Gandhi over a complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy alleging that Gandhi is a British citizen.
Dismissing the issue, the Congress termed the notice as a political move by the saffron party.
“The entire world knows Rahul Gandhi is Indian citizen by birth. Modi ji has no answer for unemployment, he has no answer for agrarian distress and black money, that’s why he’s resorting to fake narrative,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
Congress general secretary and Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reacted on the same saying, “I have never heard such rubbish. All (the people) know Rahul Gandhi was born (and) raised here. The entire Hindustan knows that Rahul Gandhi is a Hindustani…he was born before them…he was brought up before them…he grew up before them…. What rubbish is this?”
Allegations of discrepancies in Gandhi’s nomination form for Amethi Lok Sabha seat were also raised by the BJP and they even went to the extent of putting up an independent candidate from the constituency in order to file a complaint.
However, the allegations were proven to be wrong when his nomination papers were found valid by the returning officer.