Poor Rahul Gandhi has been fighting the battle over his identity ever since he entered the political arena.
He indeed assume the pseudonym of ‘Rahul Vinci’ while studying MPhil at Trinity College from 1994-95, the years following his father Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination; but that made him the butt of all jokes in this brutal world of social media.
Thanks to Subramanian Swamy, Rahul now faces a gargantuan problem.
He has been served a show-cause notice by the Parliamentary Ethics Committee asking him if he had actually declared himself as a British citizen while floating a company in UK.
Rahul formed a company called Backops Limited in England. It was registered at the UK Companies House on September 21, 2003. The company had one more director – Ulrik McKnight, a US national.
The question over his nationality arises from two annual returns dated Oct 10, 2005 and Oct 31, 2006, respectively, which mention him as a British citizen.
But there are some other documents that show Gandhi’s nationality as “Indian”, which gives rise to a number of questions especially over the company’s intent.
The documents show different addresses, too.
The company was dissolved in 2009, the same year when Congress-led UPA began its second innings.
Swamy has alleged that the company floated by Rahul Gandhi received kickbacks from the Scorpene submarine deal between India and France.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi written late in 2015, Swamy urged that Rahul Gandhi should be stripped of his Indian citizenship and parliamentary membership.
Swamy has also asked the ED to launch an investigation into the matter and determine whether Gandhi committed a crime through his declaration of citizenship and owning a foreign company on foreign soil without notifying Indian authorities.