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In A Major Setback, Delhi HC Rejects Rahul Gandhi's Plea In National Herald Case

ANANYA BHATNAGAR | 0
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| September 10 , 2018 , 18:09 IST

 The Delhi High Court on Monday in a major setback to Congress President Rahul Gandhi rejected his plea challenging the notice of the Income Tax Department reassessment for the financial year 2011-2012.  

The Income Tax Department in March this year had served a notice to the Gandhis saying that their tax filings will be reviewed. The Congress leaders had challenged the notice in the court.

The court also said that the tax department has powers to reopen tax proceedings and that the petitioners can approach income tax department with their grievances.

The company has submitted that it is a charitable firm and does not have any income and that Income Tax authorities have wrongly raised a demand of Rs 249 crore for the assessment year 2011-12.

The Gandhis in January 2016 won an appeal to be exempted from personal appearances in court to answer allegations that they used their leadership of the Congress to misuse party funds for personal profit.

Swamy’s Role

Earlier in July, Senior Bhartiya Janta Party leader Subramaniam Swamy recorded his statement in the Patiala House Court in connection to the National Herald Case.

After recording his statement Swamy had tweeted, "Today I could not complete my deposition in the NH today. Next date is August 25 th. Today the Congi lawyers filed an Application to prevent me from tweeting !! They are still in 1975 mode."

Who are Involved & What Is The Case?

Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, AICC treasurer Motilal Vora, AICC general secretary Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey, Sam Pitroda YI are accused in the case. All these accused have already denied the allegations levied on them.

As per the complaint filed in the court of the Metropolitan Magistrate, Indian National Congress granted an interest-free loan of ₹90.25 crore (US$13 million) to Associated Journals Limited (AJL), owner of the National Herald newspaper which was established by Jawaharlal Nehru and other freedom fighters in 1938. It was alleged that the loan was either not repaid or repaid in cash, which is in violation of Section 269T of the Income Tax Act, 1961.