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Dual citizenship charge against Rahul does not hold: Supreme Court

What is more serious than the citizenship issue is Arun Jaitley’s allegation that Rahul Gandhi was involved in defence deal liaising via his business partner Ulrik McKnight

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the plea to make the Union government and Election Commission prevent him from contesting in the Lok Sabha election. The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjeev Khanna rejected the plea of petitioners who had alleged that in the form of a company based in the United Kingdom, Rahul Gandhi had claimed he was a British citizen.

The petitioners argued that in 2005-06, a British company’s annual data mentioned Gandhi as a British citizen. The bench is of the view that the entry in a company form was not adequate proof of Gandhi’s British citizenship.

Otherwise, Indian law holds that the citizenship of another country automatically annuls a person’s Indian citizenship.

At the end of last month, the Home Ministry had issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi about his citizenship and sought an answer. The Home Ministry issued this notice after receiving a complaint from BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramaniam Swamy.

In the notice issued by the Home Ministry, Rahul Gandhi was asked to give an explanation within a time. Director (Citizenship) in the Ministry of Home Affairs BC Joshi had issued this notice to the Congress president.

The issue does not end here. Documents released by both the BJP and the Congress establish that Rahul Gandhi did open a company named Backops Limited in the United Kingdom in partnership with an individual named Ulrik McKnight. Where the Congress disagrees is whether that makes their president a British citizen.

Further, what is more serious, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley alleged last week that Rahul Gandhi was involved in defence deal liaising via his business partner McKnight.

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