In September 2017, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy wrote to Home Minister Rajnath Singh to disqualify Rahul Gandhi as an MP for violating article 9 and 18 of the Constitution of India.
Swamy, in his letter to the Home Minister, had stated that as per the Registrar of Companies, England and Wales, Rahul Gandhi, who is third time MP, is the Director and Secretary of United Kingdom-based company BACKOPS Limited.
The Certificate of Incorporation of BACKOPS Limited from the Registrar of England and Wales. The certificate is registered as on 21st August 2003. These are the details of the company no. 4874597.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi gives his England address as the director of BACKOPS Limited.
Rahul Gandhi as first director of BACKOPS Limited
In the details about the officers of the company, Rahul Gandhi has given correct birth detail of 19th June 1970, but he has declared his nationality as ‘British’. He has given 51 Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire S023 9EH as the address.
Rahul Gandhi holding 65 ordinary shares in BACKOPS Limited as on 21st August 2006.
The company was dissolved on February 17, 2009 and also mentions Rahul Gandhi’s nationality as ‘British’.
Article 9 of the Constitution of India bars every Indian citizen from acquiring voluntary acquiring citizenship of foreign state. Article 19 of the Constitution of India also bars Indian citizen from accepting foreign titles.
Earlier today it was reported that the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi over the citizenship controversy that erupted a few weeks ago. The Home Ministry has cited documents of the British company BACKOPS where Rahul Gandhi filed returns are a British citizen and sought a response from him within 10 days.
The matter of citizenship had also arisen when representation was made to the Election Commission about Rahul Gandhi’s election affidavit from Amethi. That complaint was however disposed off saying that this is the domain of the Home Ministry and not of the Election Commission.