New Delhi: The Delhi court on Friday cleared the way for Income Tax Department to investigate Congress and President Sonia Gandhi and party's vice president Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.
A bench containing Justice S Muralidhar and Chander Shekhar asked the company to approach the income Tax asserting officer, after which the firm withdrew its petition.
The Delhi Partiyala Court had allowed the investigation in the case, which was challenged at the Delhi High Court. Later, the court dismissed the plea as it was withdrawn.
Bahratiya Janata Party MP Subramanian Swami had filed a report application in 2012, accusing Sonia, Rahul and others conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs 50 lakh as an interest-free loan, which Young India pvt Ltd (YI) owner of the National Herald newspaper, who obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which Associate Journals Limited (AJL) owed to the Congress.
The Gandhi's accused in the case and some other 5 Congress leaders, mentioned that Swamy's plea was "in nature of a fishing and roving inquiry which is not permissible by law".
Both Sonia and Rahul owns 38 per cent stake each in YI.
The list includes the names of eleven persons including All India Congress Committee's General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi, several officials of AJL and government officials summoned for the offences under section 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating)red with section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.