Responding to Ministry of Home Affairs issuing a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his citizenship, BJP MP Dr Subramanian Swamy has asserted that if Gandhi took the British citizenship even for one day, then his Indian citizenship can be cancelled under the provisions of Article 9 of the Constitution.
Speaking to Republic TV, Dr Swamy, who filed the complaint in the Home Ministry in the matter of Rahul Gandhi's citizenship, said:
"I believe that the government of India has made independent inquiries to confirm that it is an official petition. Therefore, he has been sent a notice, because under Article 9 of the Constitution, if he has taken British citizenship for only one day, his Indian citizenship can be cancelled. Now, the Home Ministry has to decide."
Under Article 9 of the Indian Constitution, a person who voluntarily acquires citizenship of any other country is no longer an Indian citizen.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, seeking an explanation in the matter of his citizenship. 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, raising objections on the nomination papers of the Congress chief, 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.
In the light of the allegations raised by Mr Lal, Ministry of Home Affairs issued notice to Rahul Gandhi seeking to 'intimate the factual position in the matter 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.