The National Herald Case has returned to bite the Gandhi family. The Bharatiya Janata Party MP, Subramanian Swamy who is the main petitioner in the case against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, frontrunners in the case, has made explosive revelations in a Delhi court hearing on Saturday. Swamy submitted crucial Herald papers in court and claimed that besides Sonia and Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has also played a key role in acquiring the assets of The National Herald worth Rs 5,000 crore. Subramanian Swamy accused the Gandhis of evading massive amounts of income tax and in his plea, alleged that the Congress granted an interest-free loan of Rs. 90.25 crore to Associated Journals Limited (AJL), owner of the National Herald newspaper.
The Gandhi family allegedly rented out the property to the tune of Rs 60 lakh per month, according to Swamy who has filed the case for misappropriation of funds. Swamy who claimed to have delivered the key Income Tax papers wrapped in newspapers to Delhi High Court on Saturday has claimed that the Gandhi family carried out tax frauds in crores and has to pay a fine of Rs 414 crore imposed by the Income Tax Department on Young India. Swamy has submitted a 105-page long Income Tax order against Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi calling the National Herald deal a total fraud case. In May 2017, the Gandhis suffered a huge set back when the Delhi High Court dismissed a plea to stay proceedings against now defunct-Young India in the National Herald case and cleared the path for an Income Tax Probe into Young India Private Ltd. for its involvement in the case. The case on Saturday was adjourned till March 17. The I-T documents submitted by Swamy will remain sealed till the next hearing.
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Subramanian Swamy in the past had also detected discrepancies in corruption cases. He was the first one to write to the Prime Minister to prosecute A Raja for his involvement in the 2G scam. And it was him who had first filed a case against the Late Jayalalithaa in the Disproportionate Assets case for which she was convicted in the September of 2014.