The Supreme Court of India dismissed a plea seeking debarring Rahul Gandhi from contesting Lok Sabha polls till his citizenship controversy is resolved.
Last week a petition was filed, by Jai Bhagwan Goyal and CP Tyagi, in the apex court seeking direction to the Centre and the Election Commission to debar the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi from contesting the Lok Sabha election from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and Wayanad in Kerala.
The plea said, “The petitioners were dissatisfied with the inaction of the Centre and the poll panel in deciding the question of voluntary acquisition of British citizenship by Gandhi in spite of a November 2015 communication by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in this regard.”
The petitioners also have alleged that since the prima facie evidence in this regard has been produced before the Home Ministry and the EC, Gandhi should not have been allowed to contest the ongoing poll from Amethi and Wayanad.
The plea, filed by advocate Barun Kumar Sinha, also sought a direction to the EC to remove Gandhi’s name from “electoral roll till the decision of the question of acquisition of his British citizenship”.