New Delhi, May 12: In a big blow to Gandhis, the Delhi High Court on Friday allowed the Income Tax department to probe Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.
Both Sonia and Rahul are likely to move the Supreme Court, according to TV reports.
Earlier, the Patiala House court had allowed the investigation in the case, which was challenged at the Delhi High Court. The Patiala House Court had granted bail to Sonia, Rahul and others in the case.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP Subramanian Swamy had filed an application in 2012, accusing Sonia, Rahul and others associated with the Congress of conspiring to cheat in a land deal.
In his complaint, Swamy had alleged that the Congress granted an interest-free loan of Rs 90.25 crore to the Associated Journal Private Limited, owner of the National Herald newspaper, established by Jawaharlal Nehru, which was not repaid and was in violation of Section 269T of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
Swamy, in his private criminal complaint, had also accused the Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs 50 lakh, through which Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which AJL owed to the Congress.
Both Sonia and Rahul own 38 per cent stake each in YI.
In August 2016, the court issued notices to Sonia, Rahul and five others on Swamy’s application seeking presentation of certain documents from Associated Journals Pvt. Ltd (AJL) and Indian National Congress (INC) in connection with the National Herald case.
Apart from Gandhis, other accused in the case are Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda.
With inputs from ANI