Republic TV has accessed the letter written by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy to Home Minister Rajnath Singh with a complaint regarding Rahul Gandhi's citizenship based on which the Home Ministry has issued a notice to the Congress president seeking his response in the matter within a fortnight.
In the letter dated September 2017, Dr Swamy highlights that Rahul Gandhi is the Secretary and Director of a company called Backops Limited which in its incorporation papers with the Registrar of companies England and Wales in 2003 had declared Rahul Gandhi to be a British Citizen. Dr Swamy notes how the date of birth listed by Rahul Gandhi is correct. He then states how this would entail a violation of the law:
Further, stating that this prima facie is a violation of the law and the Constitutional position in the country, he urged the Ministry to treat the matter with urgency to see if the prima facie evidence is rebuttable and if not order that Rahul Gandhi be stripped of his citizenship and membership of the Lok Sabha.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notice to the Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the matter of allegations over his citizenship and asked him to respond within a fortnight.
"It has been brought out that in the Company named Backops Limited 's Annual Returns filed on 10/10/2005 and 31/10/2006, your date of birth has been given as 19/06/1970 and that you had declared your nationality as British," the Director, Citizenship has written in the notice to Rahul Gandhi.
The development has come 10 days after an independent Lok Sabha candidate from Amethi, Dhruv Lal, submitted an 11-page complaint to Amethi's returning officer, raining objections on the nomination papers of Rahul Gandhi, alleging that the Congress President had declared his nationality as "British", in the Memorandum of Association and Annual Return for the period ending 21st August 2005 of a British company, namely Backops Limited, where he allegedly served as a "Director".