Two days after a local court stated it had no objections to the granting of the same, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi obtained a new regular passport on Sunday.
According to them, Gandhi received his passport in the afternoon despite the passport office’s assurances that it would be provided to him on Sunday.
On Monday night, the former president of the Congress is scheduled to fly to San Francisco, California, to begin his three-city trip. After giving up the old diplomatic passport that had been issued to him when he was a member of parliament, he had filed for an ordinary passport.
Following his conviction and two-year imprisonment by a Gujarat court in a defamation case involving his Modi surname statement, Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as an MP.
Gandhi will begin his trip in San Francisco and connect with students at the esteemed Stanford University. He will next travel to Washington, DC, where he will meet with lawmakers and think tanks.
During his week-long visit to the USA, the head of the Congress is expected to connect with Indian Americans, meet legislators, think tank members, Wall Street CEOs, and university students.
On June 4, he is scheduled to hold a sizable public gathering in New York to wrap out his trip. The discussion would take place at New York’s Javits Centre.
Following an objection made by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, a Delhi court on Friday granted Rahul Gandhi a no-objection certificate for the granting of a “ordinary passport” for three years instead of the standard 10-year duration.
The court noted that Gandhi has been consistently attending either in person or through his counsel and has neither hampered or delayed the proceedings in the National Herald case, which is still pending at the stage of the complainant’s cross-examination in pre-charge evidence.
In the lawsuit where Swamy is the complainant, Rahul Gandhi is one of the defendants.