UK citizenship row: Rahul Gandhi issued show cause notice by parliamentary ethics panel

The parliamentary ethics panel has asked Rahul Gandhi whether  he declared himself as a British citizen on the official documents of a company in the UK, according to a report in The Indian Express.

The panel served Gandhi with a show cause notice on Monday and according to the Economic Times the notice was sent to Rahul's office last week. The Congress party, however has denied having received the notice.

The issue was brought to the Lok Sabha's notice by Lawmaker Mahesh Giri, following which Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan referred the complaint to the Ethic Committee, headed by BJP leader LK Advani, said an NDTV report.

Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Rahul Gandhi. PTI

According to Hindustan Times, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy accused Gandhi of the false declaration to float a firm in the UK and had also written to the PM demanding that Rahul be stripped of Indian citizenship as well as membership of Parliament.

The NDTV report further added that the document submitted to the Ethics Panel alleged that Rahul Gandhi was the director amd secretary of 'Backops Limited' in 2005 and 2006.

The Congress leader dared Modi to jail him if proven guilty after the party described it as 'typing error' owing to the discrepancy between the document and the British government's records.

Updated Date: Mar 14, 2016 14:41 PM

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