[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]S[/dropcap]harpening his attack in the National Herald case, Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy filed a petition to the Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu demanding taking over the controversial Herald House building. In his petition, he said that the Herald House was appropriated by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi by floating a private company called Young Indian and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) which allotted the land should take back the entire building.
DDA allotted land to Associated Journal Limited (AJL) for printing and publishing of National Herald and other two newspapers in Hindi and Urdu. The Herald House in the Delhi’s prime land in the ITO Press Enclave is worth over Rs. 1000 crores ($150 million). AJL got the land from DDA at a very cheap rate for newspaper publication activity and it has stopped the publication activity in 2008. Now AJL is taken over by Sonia and Rahul by floating a company called Young Indian in 2010 in questionable ways to take procession of this property and building, said Swamy. The petition is published at the end of this article.
“DDA now has the right to enter the said premises and take it over because it is being misused by Young Indian for collecting rent at exorbitant rates by letting out the premises to a number of corporate parties and the Passport of MEA,” said Swamy. The passport Seva Kendra is paying around more than Rs. 80 lakhs ($120,000) as rent per month to the controllers of Herald House.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]S[/dropcap]wamy said that from the trial court to Supreme Court has ratified the prima facie cheating and fraud in the case, the DDA should take over the building as the land belong to it. AJL lost all right to continue in the building from 2008, as when they stopped the publishing activity, he said.
“I many also say that the AJL properties in Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai have been taken over by the respective state governments since my complaint case was filed in the Patiala House Courts. Hence I urge you to do the same thing with the Herald House on the Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, New Delhi,” said Swamy.
Next hearing of the National Herald case in the trial court is on August 20. Swamy said he will file a fresh petition for seeking documents from the Congress party, AJL and other government departments.
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