Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order a probe on the issuing of dubious Circular by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on December 31, 2018 to save Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi from the Income Tax implications in the National Herald case. In a letter, appreciating Modi for the prompt action of the withdrawal of the circular on January 4, Swamy said there should be a probe to find out who asked the Under Secretary in Ministry of Finance to issue this dubious circular to save the Gandhis from tax probes.
The mere fact that in 24 hours, the Circular was withdrawn shows the great concern felt by the Government about the damage likely to be caused by this and hence the Government wasted no time to withdraw the Circular.
“You have given importance to this National Herald case by announcing in the public several times that Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and four others are presently out on bail and therefore lacked morality to speak about corruption. This is a well-taken point, and I congratulate you for bringing the matter before the general public,” said Swamy pointing out that the dubious CBDT circular was issued to demolish his case as well as the Income Tax’s case.
He said that this Circular was issued by “traitors” with the help of pliable officials to save Gandhis from the crime of forming Young Indian and take over the 99.9% shares of the National Herald publishing firm Associated Journals Limited in an illegal way.
“This is an extraordinary unprecedented event, that a Circular (dealing with such an extraordinarily important matter impinging on the fight against corruption) should be issued to casually and withdrawn within a matter of 24 hours. It means that the original Circular dated December 31, 2018, and made public on January 3, 2019, was either an act of gross stupidity and incompetence (which is not likely), or probably that it was a command performance by the Finance Ministry Under-Secretary who signed the Circular. The mere fact that in 24 hours, the Circular was withdrawn shows the great concern felt by the Government about the damage likely to be caused by this and hence the Government wasted no time to withdraw the Circular. But it is important to know the Circulars are prepared through a process in which many participate,” said Swamy, seeking an Inquiry Committee under Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in PMO.
“Obviously the first Circular was to help Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and other four accused to escape from the National Herald case. What was the quid pro quo for this action of the Ministry of Finance officer? The signing officer should be interrogated on who advised him/her to sign this Circular,” demanded Swamy, main petitioner in the National Herald case.