IT Dept To Probe Sonia And Rahul Gandhi, National Herald Case

There’s probably another one of the biggest setbacks for the Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi on Friday by the Delhi High Court as they cleared the way for an Income Tax Investigation into Young Indian Private Limited of which both Congress chief are directors. The bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Chander Shekhar asked the Young Indian Private Limited to move towards the Income Tax assessing officer, after which the company withdrew its petition. The High Court later dismissed the plea as it was withdrawn. There are now most likely to approach the Supreme Court.

The Young Indian Private Limited approached the high court to put a stay on the IT proceedings and canceling the notices against regarding the National Herald misappropriation of assets case, the company was issued notices regarding the assessment in the year 2011-12. The Congress chiefs Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have been accused of conspiring to “cheat and misappropriate funds” by paying Rs 50 lakh through which Indian Young Private Limited gained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore that Associate Journals Ltd (AJL) owed to the Congress. While speaking to CNN-News18, BJP Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy said “I am very happy. I am arguing that fraud has taken place. These cases will see the light of day. If Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not do anything; people will say that he only gives speeches”. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s spokesperson Nalin Kohli told CNN-News18 that, “It is a blow to the Gandhis. They may approach the Supreme Court, but they still need to answer questions”.

As all were waiting for the reaction from the Congress party, leader and spokesperson of Congress Randeep Singh Surjewala told CNN-News18, “The Gandhi has the option of approaching the Supreme Court. The I-T (department) cannot open a one-sided investigation. Subramanian Swamy is not in charge of I-T. Young Indian is a trust which manages National Herald. No one can profit from it. Neither Sonia nor Rahul withdrew any money from it.” “We will now go back to the assessing officer and can raise objections, including challenging the move to re-open income tax investigation as the I-T department doesn’t have enough evidence to probe Young Indian,” said senior Congress leader and lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Other accused in the case filed by Swamy are Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda. Besides Young Indian, the court had summoned the accused persons on 26 June 2014. Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Vora, Dubey, and Fernandes granted bail on 19 December 2015 as they appeared before it followed to the summons.

Subramaniam Swamy had filed an application in 2012, accusing Rahul Sonia and others associated with the congress of conspiring to “cheat in a land deal and misappropriate assets”. Earlier, Swamy’s counsel had submitted a list of witnesses and other evidence against the accused while the court dismissed Swamy’s plea, looking for documents related to National Herald case against the Congress chiefs and other accused. One thing is sure with the High Court’s decision of allowing the Income Tax probe that it is definitely going to be a huge setback for the Congress chiefs and their party.

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