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Rahul Gandhi, a prominent Congress leader, has been granted permission by a Delhi court to obtain a regular passport for a period of three years.
Rahul Gandhi, a prominent Congress leader, has been granted permission by a Delhi court to obtain a regular passport for a period of three years. This clearance was required as Gandhi had surrendered his diplomatic passport after being disqualified as a Member of Parliament. As of being an accused in the National Herald case and other legal matters, the court specified that the passport would be issued for three years instead of the usual ten-year validity.
The former Congress chief sought court approval for an ordinary passport due to his involvement in various cases, including the National Herald case, which accuses him of money laundering and misappropriation of funds. The case was filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy.
During the court proceedings, Swamy informed the Delhi Court on Friday that an official in Britain had informed him about Rahul Gandhi’s self-declaration as a British citizen. Swamy argued that, according to Indian law, Gandhi’s Indian citizenship should be revoked as dual citizenship is not permissible. This statement was made in opposition to Rahul Gandhi’s plea for a fresh passport.
Gandhi is scheduled to travel to the United States next week, where he will address a public rally at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 4. This will mark his first public rally in the U.S., and he will also deliver a talk at Stanford University as part of his week-long tour.
Meanwhile, the court noted that the matter has been pending since 2018 and observed that Rahul Gandhi has traveled abroad during this time. The court further highlighted that there is no apprehension of him fleeing or absconding. The right to travel is a fundamental right, as stated by the court.
The National Herald case, currently under investigation by the Enforcement Directorate, originated from a private complaint filed by Subramanian Swamy in 2012. Swamy alleged fraudulent transfer of assets from Associated Journals Ltd., the publisher of the National Herald newspaper, to Young Indian. The transfer involved Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, who each held a 38% share in Young Indian, according to Swamy’s complaint.