BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday produced authenticated Income Tax department’s assessment order against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi controlled firm Young Indian in the trial court as his evidence. Congress leaders’ lawyers objected vehemently when Swamy produced the 200 plus page Income Tax order which imposed fine on Young Indian of Rs.250 crore for hushing up the taxable income of Rs.415 crore earned through the acquisition of Associated Journals Limited (AJL), the publisher of National Herald newspaper in 2011.
Congress leaders’ lawyers RS Cheema and Rebecca John argued that the production of Income Tax documents is “beyond the pleading”. During his second day of deposition, Swamy submitted the Income Tax order in a sealed cover with a covering letter from Income Tax authorities to the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal. Producing the document as his evidence, Swamy said that the Income Tax findings clearly says that Congress claim of Rs.90 crore to AJL was a total lie and non-existent one. This lie was floated to take over the AJL by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi by floating Young Indian.
“My investigations into the claim of AJL revealed that the AJL claimed to have received Rs.90 crore as loan from AICC has not been substantiated by either the account books of AJL or the of the Congress party. This was investigated by the Income Tax authorities and they had rejected the claim that such a loan was received by AJL from the AICC,” said Swamy while producing the Income Tax authenticated assessment order.
The previous week, P Chidambaram appearing on behalf of Sonia Gandhi claimed that Rs.90 crore was paid to AJL by Congress through 137 cheques during the past 10 years from 2004. The Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta countered that this was a bogus claim and was not yet supported by any documents and both parties have not proved this, though Income Tax gave them sufficient time.
After the arguments and counter-arguments on the acceptability of the Income Tax Order, the Magistrate observed that court can check the authenticity of the document by summoning the signatories of the officials in the submitted documents. In his one hour long second day of pieces of evidence, Swamy also produced documents of Congress claim of Rs.90 crore loan. This document was earlier submitted by Sonia Gandhi in Supreme Court, challenging the summons of the trial court in 2015. Countering the objections of Congress lawyers, Swamy said that he was only submitting the documents submitted by “you people” in the Supreme Court.
He also produced the documents of AJL’s resolution by issuing its 99.1 percent shares to Young Indian and claiming that none of the AJL’s directors have interest in Young Indian’s Board. But all the AJL Directors Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandez, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda became the Directors Young Indian, said Swamy. The Congress lawyers objected to most of the documents produced by Swamy even the same leadership in Congress party, AJL and Young Indian. For further evidence, the Court had scheduled the next date on September 17.
Meanwhile, Motilal Vora again filed a petition against Swamy for tweeting against them and about the case matters.
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