National Herald case: AJL moves Supreme Court, says Modi govt making malicious attempts to defame Nehru’s legacy

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March 13, 2019 1:21 PM

The Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) is owned by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi. It publishes the National Herald newspaper, the Congress' mouthpiece.

National Herald case, Rahul GandhiDelhi High Court on February 28 ordered AJL to vacate ITO building.

The Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court’s order last month asking it to vacate the ITO premises in Delhi. The AJL is owned by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi. It publishes the National Herald newspaper, the Congress’ mouthpiece.

The Delhi High Court had on February 28 upheld a single bench judgement to vacate the building located Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and hand it over to the government.

In its application moved today, the AJL said that defaming and erasing the legacy of Pandit Nehru is one of the main grounds for the firm to reach the top court. It also said that the eviction proceedings initiated by the Modi government was a malicious attempt in the larger design of defaming the legacy of Nehru, Times Now reported.

“The present political dispensation in power at the Centre has never hidden its hatred for Nehruvian ideals. One of their favourite propaganda is to blame Pandit Nehru for almost everything that ails the nation. The eviction proceedings constitute a malicious step in the larger design of defaming and effacing the legacy of Pandit Nehru,” Times Now quoted the appeal as saying.

In its appeal, the AJL sought a direction to stay High Court’s February 28 order and also set aside the Centre’s October 30 last year’s eviction order. The Centre had last year ended its lease and asked the AJL to vacate the premises. The government argued that the property was not being used for printing and publishing activities and that it was used for commercial purposes by the company. The AJL had executed the lease deed in January 1967.

The AJL had then challenged the order in the Delhi High Court. A singe judge bench on December, 2018 asked the AJL to abide by the Centre’s order and said that eviction proceedings should be initiated against the firm if the premises is not handed over in two week. The judgement was then challenged before a division bench which on February 28 upheld the single judge bench’s order.

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