MHA serves notice to Rahul Gandhi over his citizenship

New Delhi: The Home Ministry has served a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, asking him to clarify within a fortnight his ‘factual position’ on a complaint questioning his citizenship status.

In a letter, the Home Ministry said it has received a representation from BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in which it has been brought out that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in 2003 with Rahul as one of its directors.

The Home Ministry said Swamy’s letter also mentioned that in the British company’s annual returns filed on 10 October, 2005 and 31 October, 2006, Rahul’s date of birth has been given as 19 June, 1970 and had declared his nationality as British.

“Further, in the dissolution application dated 17 February, 2009 of the above referred company, your nationality has been mentioned as British. You are requested to intimate the factual position in the matter to this Ministry within a fortnight of the receipt of this communication,” the Home Ministry notice issued Monday said.

The notice comes over a week after an independent candidate and three others in Amethi had raised objections on the Congress president’s poll documents over allegations of discrepancies over citizenship and educational qualifications. Amethi’s returning officer had however, deemed Rahul’s nomination papers valid and rejected the objections.

NT Bureau