Petitioners in the National Herald case, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have been dealt a blow by the Delhi High Court which has rejected their application challenging the Income Tax notice which sought tax reassessment of financial year 2011-12.
The High Court observed that the Income Tax department has the power to reopen tax proceedings and asked the Gandhis to approach the department regarding the matter.
IT department had earlier issued a reassessment notice to the Congress President in March 2018. The IT department had alleged that Rahul Gandhi had wilfully not disclosed his directorship in Young India Pvt Ltd.
In Rahul Gandhi’s defence, his lawyer argued that neither income nor any tax liability arose in the matter. The lawyer also tried to get the High Court to prevent the media from reporting the case. The High Court refused to give any such direction.
The ANI had earlier reported that Rahul Gandhi had previously challenged the IT department’s order seeking reopening of his tax assessments connected to National Herald and Young India transactions.
It has been alleged that in 2011 the firm Young India was created by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi using a paid up capital of 5 crore. Both Rahul and Sonia are alleged to have owned a 38 per cent stake each.
This company had then passed a resolution to offer loans to Associated Journal Limited (AJL) - the parent company of National Herald, for wiping off its 90 crore debt.
It thus was agreed that in-return of Young India wiping off its debt, AJL would transfer all its shares to the former, which meant Young India would also own AJL’s properties worth Rs 5000 crore.
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