The Indian National Congress (INC) party on Wednesday, issued a statement saying that the Associated Journals limited would resume publications soon. The Associated Journals Limited has two newspapers by the names of ‘National Herald’ and ‘Navjivan’ and both would resume publishing with senior journalist Neelabh Mishra as the Editor-in-Chief. This decision was taken at a meeting of the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) on January 21, earlier this year. The national Herald was launched in 1938 by former Prime Minister and then an active member of the Indian Freedom struggle, Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru. The paper had served as a mouthpiece for the oldest political party in Indian history. But as its popularity among the Indian masses began to fade, its finances dried up and the paper had to be shut down in 2008, with a debt of rs 90 crores.
Earlier on 1 November 2012, Subramanian Swamy had filed a complaint in a court in Delhi accusing both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to have committed fraud and land grabbing by acquiring a publicly limited company called Associated Journals Limited (AJL) through their owned private company, Young Indian. He had also claimed that, through this fraud, they had got the publication rights of the National Herald and Quami Awaz newspapers, with real estate properties in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Although, the notice to have a meeting to discuss the relaunch the paper had happened a day before the mother-son duo had to appear before a trial court in Delhi. In a bid to keep AJL and the paper afloat, the Congress had given the company, unsecured, interest-free loans for a few years till 2010. However, 2010 saw the grand old AJL bought over by the Young India Limited. Gandhi family loyalists Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda were the directors of this new company