Plea in Supreme Court to debar Rahul Gandhi from contesting Lok Sabha election until Citizenship issue is resolved

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court Thursday seeking direction to the Centre and the Election Commission to debar Congress President Rahul Gandhi from contesting the Lok Sabha election till the issue of his citizenship is decided.

The plea has been marked as an urgent listing before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta, Sanjiv Khanna. It is scheduled to be heard next week.

The petitioners — Jai Bhagwan Goyal and C P Tyagi — have alleged that since prima facie evidence in this regard has been produced before the Home Ministry and the EC, Gandhi should not have been allowed to contest the ongoing Lok Sabha elections from parliamentary constituencies he has decided to — Amethi in Utter Pradesh and Wayanad in Kerala.

The Home Ministry recently served a notice to Gandhi asking him to clarify within a fortnight his “factual position” on a complaint questioning his citizenship status.