The petition challenging the citizenship of Rahul Gandhi has been dismissed by the three-judge Supreme Court bench on Thursday. The top cpurt has said that it will wait for the Congress president's respond to the Ministry of Home Affairs' showcause notice asking him to reply.
Dr Subramanian Swamy spoke to Republic TV about the Supreme Court order. He said that the Supreme Court has observed that the MHA has issued a notice to Gandhi and hence dismissed the petition.
"The petition had no basis, it has come at a stage when the MHA asked Rahul Gandhi to reply to its showcause notice. The Supreme Court has observed this. The petitioners did not locus standi hence the plea was discussed ," he said.
A plea was filed in the Supreme Court on May 2 challenging the Congress president's citizenship status. The Hindu Mahasabha has filed the plea in the Supreme Court, specifically focusing on two issues.
Firstly, the petitioner has asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to decide on the matter of Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship, which apparently is under process. Secondly, he has demanded the Congress president to be disqualified from contesting the 2019 elections, asserting while the matter of his citizenship is still under process, Rahul Gandhi should not be allowed to contest the elections.
Couple of days before the petition was filed, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notice to the Congress president regarding his citizenship citing the complaint and asked him to reply within two weeks.
"It has been brought out that a Company named Backops Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in the year 2003, with address 51 Southgate Street Winchester, Hampshire S023 9EK and that you were one of the Directors and Secretary of the said Company. It has been further brought out that in the Company'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 wrote in the notice to Rahul Gandhi.