Was Rahul Gandhi really arrested at Boston in 2001?
…or is this one of the more popular but false “urban legends“? I think we have a right to know the truth.
Many of you (if not all) must have come across Shri Subramaniam Swamy’s press release from about two years ago that included an open challenge to the then President of KPCC, Sri Janardan Poojary to engage in a public debate about the status of Shri Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship and other matters.
In that press release, Shri Swamy had also talked about Shri Rahul Gandhi being arrested at Boston airport by FBI in September 2001.
I have so far refrained from commenting on this mainly because Rahul-ji was a lot less in the public eye and I felt that this was a personal matter that did not deserve media attention. I also found it somewhat hard to believe.
But after the time that I spent today on the net researching this matter, I have changed my mind.
During the course of my web trawl, I came across this report about a PIL filed in Lucknow High Court seeking information about the alleged detention of Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his Colombian girlfriend by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2001.
The PIL was rejected by the High Court within two days of being filed but I could not find any reasons why.
Curiously, I found very little mention of this “detention” in the national press except for a few links (see here and here; also The Hindu). Both reports mentioned the matter of the “arrest” and suggested that he was released on the intervention of the Indian Ambassador to the US. However, The Hindu’s Washington correspondent mentioned in his report that “media reports of Mr. Mansingh having been brought into the picture to allow Mr. Gandhi to proceed on his onward journey from Boston to Washington “are simply not true.”
So what really happened?
In either case, what is there to hide? Given Rahul Gandhi’s role in national politics and image as a potential leader of Bharat, is this not a matter that the public deserves to know more about?
P.S. Might this be a subject for a future Tehelka sting? Just wondering.
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Finally, does anyone know a] if this photo is genuine (if so, details of the source, original publication)? or might it be “doctored”? b] If it is genuine, details of where and when was it taken, what was the occassion and the context? and c] Is the person next to Rahul-ji, a friend, an acquaintance, a relation or a stranger?
Is this the photo referred to in Rajeev Srinivasan’s article?