BJP leader Dr Subramaniam Swamy, in a press conference, produced documents to back his charge that Rahul Gandhi had claimed he was a British citizen in company filings submitted in the UK during 2003 to 2009. Since, India does not allow dual citizenship, Rahul Gandhi should be stripped of his citizenship and membership of the Lok Sabha, the BJP leader demanded
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dr Subramanian Swamy has alleged that Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi is a British national and is liable to be stripped of his citizenship of India and membership of the Lok Sabha.
Rahul Gandhi, in corporate filings of a company called Backops Ltd, registered in the UK had represented himself as British national in 2003. The company was dissolved in 2009, Dr Swamy said.
Dr Swamy, in a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said, ".. (in) the company annual returns, Mr Rahul Gandhi has given his date of birth correctly but has declared himself to be of British nationality with an UK address. Mr Rahul Gandhi also held 65% of the shares of the total shares issued by this company (Backops Ltd) as on 10 October 2010. Finally, in the dissolution application as well, Mr Rahul Gandhi states that his nationality is British as on the date he was appointed as Director of the said company."
"While UK permits dual citizenship, India emphatically does not. Article 18 prohibits an Indian citizen from accepting even foreign titles. Hence, Mr Rahul Gandhi has, prima facie, committed an unconstitutional act and therefore liable to be stripped of his citizenship and membership of the Lok Sabha," Dr Swamy said.
According to the former Cabinet Minister for Commerce, Law & Justice, no member of Indian Parliament can incorporate a company abroad without prior permission under the existing laws and without declaring the same in his nomination form as a candidate for election to the Parliament.
Dr Swamy also alleged that the Congress leader has an illegal undeclared account in Pictet Bank, headquartered in Zurich and the Enforcement Directorate is aware about it. He said, "I believe that Mr P Chidambaram had cleared before demitting office for the opening of an Indian branch of Pictet Bank, which may be verified whether it so happened. I am told on good authority that when Mr Rahul Gandhi was taken into custody on 24 September 2001 or thereabouts, at Logan airport in Boston with undeclared $160,000 in cash, he had told the US authorities that this was his money withdrawn from Pictet Bank and submitted proof of the same to the US authorities. Unfortunately, the then Prime Minister Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a fit of sympathy for the family, intervened and settled the case to enable Mr Rahul Gandhi to return to India. I am sure that the records of these happening are available in the PMO.”
Twitter has been abuzz since Dr Swamy’s conference and the revelations have been trending on social media.
According to journalist J Gopikrishnan of the Pioneer, “Rahul Gandhi's Co-Director in London company is US Citizen Ulrik McKnight, son-in-law of former Union Minister Eduardo Felario. Rahul have 65%”.
He further tweeted that Dr Swamy had “exposed this Indian Co Backops Services Ltd in October 2012 at Ahmedabad PC. A week before National Herald”.
According to Swapan Dasgupta, the address of Backops Ltd was same as Ramola Bachchan, sister-in-law of Amitabh Bachchan.