The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition alleging “dual citizenship” of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. The plea reportedly sought to debar Rahul from contesting the LS Polls as he had “voluntarily acquired British nationality.”
The SC bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi asked, “Some paper says he has British citizenship so he becomes a British citizen? Merely because a company speaks of him as a British citizenship so it means he has British citizenship?”
The petition further sought a direction to Election Commission of India (ECI) to decide the question of alleged acquisition of British Citizenship by Rahul Gandhi. They petitioner also asked to remove his name from electoral roll till the final decision in this regard.
“We dismiss the petition. There is no merit in the petition,” the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said.
Earlier, the Home Ministry had served a notice to the Congress president asking him to clarify his “factual position” on a complaint questioning his citizenship status.