Delhi court reserved decision on Rahul Gandhi’s passport, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy protested
A Delhi court will pass orders on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s application for a no-objection certificate for issue of an ordinary passport after he surrenders his diplomatic passport on his disqualification as an MP.
Delhi Court reserves verdict on Rahul Gandhi passport case. The order in this matter will be passed on Friday (May 26) at 1 pm. Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court reserved order on an application by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi seeking NOC for issue of new ordinary passports.
Court verdict on Rahul Gandhi passport case will come this afternoon
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vaibhav Mehta, after noting the submissions of both the sides, said that he would pass appropriate orders at 1 pm today. In fact, former Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has filed a reply in the Delhi Court opposing Rahul Gandhi’s petition and said that the applicant has no valid or effective reason for issuing passport for 10 years. He said that Rahul is devoid of any qualification to issue passport for 10 years.
BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy had complained
Rahul Gandhi is an accused in the National Herald case in which BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is the complainant. Swamy opposed Rahul’s application saying that he was devoid of any qualification and that the passport should be issued to him only for one year and should be renewed every year. Swamy also said that Rahul’s citizenship was under question due to his being a British citizen.
Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer requested to issue passport for ten years
At the same time, Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer Tarannum Cheema opposed it, claiming that two petitions seeking criminal proceedings on citizenship issues have already been dismissed by the High Courts. Counsel submitted that there is no condition in the bail orders of the applicant. He urged the court to allow issuance of passport for ten years as such relief has been granted by the High Courts in cases of very serious offenses and charges have not even been framed in the present case.
In fact, Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as an MP by a Surat court in Gujarat after he was convicted in a defamation case. Rahul had returned his special documents. He has moved the Delhi court to get a normal passport. On Rahul Gandhi’s plea, the court asked Subramanian Swamy to file his reply by May 26 as he is an accused in the National Herald case in which Swamy is the complainant.