Court dismisses plea seeking to debar Rahul from contesting polls

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea seeking direction to the Centre and the Election Commission to debar Congress president Rahul Gandhi from contesting Lok Sabha elections till the issue of his citizenship is decided.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the contention of the petitioners, who said in a form along with the annual data of a UK-based company in 2005-06, it was allegedly mentioned that Rahul Gandhi is a British citizen.

“If some company in some form mentions his nationality as British, does he become a British citizen?” the bench, also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, asked the petitioners.