During the hearing of National Herald Case in a Delhi Court on Saturday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy submitted that Income Tax Department had recently imposed Rs 414 crore fine on Young Indian Pvt. Ltd.
Mr Swamy has filed a ‘private’ criminal complaint against former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, his son Rahul Gandhi and others on the allegation of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs 50 lakh, through which Young Indian Pvt. Ltd obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which Associate Journals Ltd owed to the Congress.
“The Income Tax Department took notice of the facts and initiated the investigations,’ Mr Swamy said. “A Rs 414 crore fine was imposed on Young Indian Pvt. Ltd. for withholding information”.
It is submitted on behalf of the Defense Counsel that the Income Tax documents were in “unauthorised and unlawful possession by Swamy” and they should not be taken on record. The council further submitted in the court that an affidavit should be filed by Swamy, how he got these documents.
Metropolitan Magistrate Ambika Singh on Saturday after hearing the submission on behalf of both the Counsel directed that documents filed by Income Tax Department be kept in a sealed cover till further orders.
Metropolitan Magistrate had passed a summoning order against Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Motilal Vora (AICC treasurer), Oscar Fernandes (AICC general secretary), Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda on the offences of misappropriation of property, criminal breach of trust and cheating, read with criminal conspiracy defined under Indian Penal Code.
The Court had granted bail to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Vora, Fernandes and Dubey, who had appeared before it pursuant to the summonses on December 19, 2015. Pitroda has appeared before the court on February 20, 2016 and was granted bail by the court.