Rahul Gandhi
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi speaking during a meeting in New Delhi last year.Reuters file

In a move which irked the Congress, a Delhi Police team reportedly visited the house of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to make queries about his physical features. The party is planning to take up the issue with the city cops.

The policemen went to Mr Gandhi's office last week and made inquiries about his physical appearance - the colour of his eyes and hair, said top Congress sources.

Congress was astounded by the police's curiosity about Mr Gandhi's appearance. One of the cops, when asked for an explanation, did not have much to say.

When approached by The Times of India, senior Delhi Police officials refused to comment on the matter.

Congress members are intrigued over the motive behind such an "unnecessary" investigation and are angry over the "intrusive visit".

"If at all there was need to know his features or get his photograph, he is an MP, it can be had (sic) from the internet or a website. All his records are also available in Parliament," a senior party member said.

The party had on 23 February announced that Mr Gandhi had taken a break from politics to analyse Congress's recent run of defeats, and to prepare the future roadmap. Congress is likely to lodge a complaint over the matter with Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi.