Trouble mounted further on the Congress party’s top leadership as the National Herald case came back to haunt them after a hearing in a Delhi court today. Complainant and BJP leader, Subramanian Swamy, filed documents on record that is, according to him, very crucial to strengthen criminal charges on Congress leaders’ involvement in the National Herald matter.
Swamy had yesterday announced on Twitter that he had come into possession of some documents that would “fast forward the NH case.” This development was later confirmed by his close aide, Ishkaran Bhandari, who even went to the extent of calling it a “nuclear bomb” but did not divulge into any further details.
& its a Nuclear Bomb. https://t.co/f9Bm5nZiQg
— Ishkaran Singh Bhandari (@Ish_Bhandari) January 19, 2018
Things finally became clear in court today when it was revealed that the document in question was an old assessment order of the Income Tax Department against Young Indian, a company that was previously owned by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.
The order allegedly refutes the Congress party’s claims of giving a simple loan worth Rs. 90 crore to Associated Journals Limited, the company that published the National Herald newspaper. It is also stated to have led to the cancellation of Young Indian’s tax exemption certificate with the declaration that the company had concealed income gains to the extent of Rs. 414 crore through questionable dealings.
The National Herald case has been a big point of contention between the Congress party and the BJP ever since Subramanian Swamy filed his complaint in 2012. The matter relates to charges of cheating and misappropriation of funds against Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and some other senior party members like Motilal Vora, Sam Pitroda, Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey, who have been accused of making unaccountable profits using dubious means.