In a big relief to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the Amethi returning officer today declared his nomination valid. This development came after the officer on Saturday ordered a postponement of scrutiny of Rahul Gandhi’s nomination papers, after an Independent candidate, Dhruv Lal, filed a complaint alleging discrepancies in Congress scion’s candidature.
According to Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer KC Kaushik, “Rahul Gandhi was born in India and he holds an Indian passport, he never took citizenship of any other country. His passport, Voter-ID, and his income tax, everything is of India.”
Earlier, Dhruv Lal’s lawyer had alleged, “On basis of certificate of incorporation of a company registered in the UK, he (Rahul Gandhi) declared himself a UK citizen. A non-citizen can’t contest polls here.”
He added, “There are no details on assets and profits of the company mentioned in the affidavit. There are a no. of mistakes in his educational qualification certificates. The original educational certificates should be presented so that his (Rahul Gandhi) claim can be established.”