Supreme Court dismisses petition raising issue of Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship
The Supreme Court dismissed on Thursday the petition that demanded a probe into Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship. The Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna dismissed the petition. CJI Gogoi remarked, “Some company in some form has mentioned Rahul Gandhi as a British citizen, so does he become a British citizen? Dismissed.”
Last week, the Hindu Mahasabha filed the petition alleging that Rahul Gandhi has acquired British citizenship. Following which the Election Commission was required to decide on the question of his eligibility to contest the ongoing elections. On this ground, the petitioner had sought the removal of Indian National Congress President’s name from the electoral rolls.
The petition also wanted the court to debar Rahul Gandhi from contesting national elections. A petition was also filed in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court that wanted the judges to cancel Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha membership. It claimed that the Congress leader had filed tax returns in London in which he was described as a British national.