Delhi High Court on Tuesday listed the final arguments in the production of documents National Herald case to July 30. Petitioner and BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had approached the High Court against the trial court’s order against the production of documents like Income Tax Department’s Order against accused Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and Development Urban Ministry’s orders during the crossing stage. The trial court’s order was these documents can be produced late.
Justice Suresh Kait in February stayed the trial court proceedings based on Swamy’s petition and asked all accused to reply by May 18. After both parties filed their replies and counters, Justice Kait posted the matter for final arguments on July 30. After the brief presentation of his case before the High Court Swamy Tweeted:
The Court enquired if all the pleadings are complete and all documents filed attested. I said yes. The Court asked the Accused lawyers. They concurring. So listed for final hearing on July30th. These documents are crucial.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) May 18, 2021
According to Swamy’s legal team, from early 2018 onwards, the main accused Sonia Gandhi’s lawyer has been going on with cross-examining the petitioner Swamy and was not allowing the latest documents to be produced, which are very crucial in the case. The main documents demanded by Swamy for production are the Income Tax notice to Sonia and Rahul and their company Young Indian for Rs.414 crore tax evasion by dubiously acquiring the huge assets of National Herald newspaper publishing company Associated Journals Limited (AJL). Another document was the notice issued by the Urban Development Ministry for eviction of Herald Houses.
In both cases – against Income Tax and Urban Development Ministry – the Congress leaders lost the case in all tribunals and Delhi High Court and the matter is pending before Supreme Court (SC) from 2019. Many times Swamy argued that he only wanted to produce the same Income Tax and Urban Ministry’s documents produced by Sonia and Rahul in the High Court and Supreme Court. The Congress leaders in trial court objected production of the documents addressed to them. Trial Court on February 11 denied Swamy’s petition for production of the documents “at this stage” and said that they can be produced in the later stage.
On February 22, Swamy approached the High Court saying the documents are very crucial in the case and the trial court made an error in its judgment. PGurus in January 2018, published the entire 105-page Income Tax Order putting a fine of Rs.414 crore on Sonia and Rahul’s company Young Indian.
Even Sonia and Rahul produced these documents in High Court and Supreme Court against Income Tax and lost the case in High Court and pending in appeal stage in SC. It is a million-dollar question as to why Sonia and Rahul are objecting to Subramanian Swamy producing the same Income Tax document in the trial court. At one stage Sonia and Rahul even demanded in High Court for a media ban on tax violation case against them. Why? The answer is simple. The 105-page document explains the grabbing of assets worth Rs.5000 crore belonging to AJL by the mother and son. The 105-page Income Tax order can be read here.
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