LS Speaker initiates action over Rahul’s UK citizenship controversy


Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Tuesday referred complaint on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s British citizenship issue to the Ethics Committee of Parliament. The Speaker has acted on BJP MP Maheish Girri’s complaint based on party’s senior leader Subramanian Swamy’s expose of Rahul declaring himself a British citizen in a company floated by  him in the UK.

“One MP had sent a complaint to me regarding this. Whenever an MP sends a complaint to the Speaker, it is referred to the committee as per rules. That particular complaint has been referred to the Ethics Committee,” Mahajan told PTI over phone when asked about the issue.

The Ethics Committee, consisting of 15 MPs from various parties, is headed by BJP’s veteran leader LK Advani.

Rahul in 2003 floated a company called Backops Limited. In the Annual Accounts and Balancesheets submitted before British authorities, Rahul during 2005 and 2006 declared himself as a British Citizen. In the company documents Rahul declared himself as a resident of the UK by providing two addresses in London. These London addresses were never disclosed to Indian authorities by Rahul in any of his affidavits. 

The company was wound up in 2008. In some documents like Certificate of Incorporation, he declared himself as Indian citizen. Rahul had 65 per cent shares and his partner Ulrick McKnight had 35 per cent shares in the company.

McKnight is a US citizen and son-in-law of former Union Minister Eduardo Faleiro. He was also co-Director of Rahul’s another wound-up Indian company Backops Services Limited.

Reacting to Swamy’s allegations made in mid November, Congress party said that it was only a typo mistake in the citizen column made by Rahul. Congress accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP’s ‘Dirty Tricks Department Chairman’ Swamy for colluding to malign their leader. 

Swamy had made complaints to Modi and Mahajan seeking expulsion of Rahul from Lok Sabha by conducting a probe on the declaration of British citizenship by Rahul in his UK registered company documents.

Girri, who is an MP from East Delhi, had earlier maintained that it was necessary that people should get to know the reality in this issue as he requested the Speaker to initiate an appropriate inquiry.



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