New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his citizenship after receiving a complaint from BJP Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy. The Home Ministry has asked Rahul to respond within a fortnight in the matter.
In a series of tweets late last year, Swamy has renewed his allegations that Rahul was a British citizen.
He even tweeted an article on a rightwing website in May that alleged Rahul was a British citizen and had used the name ‘Raul Vinci’. Swamy had also previously alleged Rahul had used the Vinci name when abroad.
Rahul had claimed that Swamy was “misleading” the nation and dared the BJP leader to produce proof. Rahul made the statement in response to a notice from the Ethics Committee of Parliament. The complaint against Rahul was given to the Speaker of Parliament in January 2016 by BJP MP Mahesh Giri who sought an inquiry into Swamy’s allegations.
Reports say that in September 2017, Swamy had petitioned Home Minister Rajnath Singh for a probe into Rahul’s alleged British citizenship. He had alleged that Rahul had identified himself as a British citizen on company documents multiple times from 2003 to 2009.
Earlier this month, Independent candidate Dhruv Lal had also raised objections against the details provided by Rahul in his nomination papers in his parliamentary constituency Amethi.
“On basis of a certificate of incorporation of a company registered in the UK, he declared himself a UK citizen. A non-citizen can’t contest polls here”, said Ravi Prakash, lawyer of Dhruv Lal, citing the Representation of People Act.
He had further said, “There are no details on the assets and profits of the company mentioned in the affidavit. There are a no. of mistakes in his educational qualification certificates. The original educational certificates should be presented so that his (Rahul Gandhi) claim can be established.”