Acting on a complaint by BJP MP Dr Subramanian Swamy, the Ministry of Home Affairs on April 30 issued notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi seeking “factual position” on his citizenship.
Dr Swamy’s complaint mirrors another that an independent candidate in the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh, submitted to the returning officer on April 20. Dhruv Lal in his complaint had raised questions over Rahul Gandhi’s real name, citizenship and educational qualifications.
His complaint alleged that Rahul Gandhi had declared his nationality as “British” in the Memorandum of Association and Annual Return of a British company, called Backops Limited, for the period ending August 21, 2005. Gandhi was reportedly serving as a Director of the company.
“The Candidate (Rahul Gandhi) has admitted in his Election Affidavit dated 03.04.2004 that he held shares in the Company named, Backops Limited, Britain. Memorandum of Association and Annual Return for the period ending 21.08.2005 of the said Company record Candidate’s nationality as “British” and his address is in the United Kingdom,” Dhruv Lal states in the complaint.
Rahul Gandhi has 15 days to respond to the notice, a copy of which is give below.