New Delhi, August 14: The Delhi High court today, postponed the hearing of the pleas filed by Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party leader Oscar Fernandes, who appraoched the Court yesterday against the reopening of their assessments by the Income tax Department with respect to the Young Indian-National Herald transactions.
The matter is now postponed till August 16.
Gandhi and Fernandes, both have filed separate petitions, which were listed for hearing today, before a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla along with a similar petition filed by Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
It is to be noted that few days back, Rahul Gandhi also approached Court against I-T department decision of reopening tax assessment for the year 2011-12 by the Income Tax department over his failure to disclose his directorship in Young India Private Limited company (YIL) and his petition was also listed for hearing today before the same bench. All are accused in the controversial National Herald scam and denying any liability to pay tax.
Earlier, during the hearing of Rahul Gandhi's plea, the Court declined his oral plea to limit the media from publishing the issue, though, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of I-T department, assured the court that department would not initiate any coercive action against Congress President Rahul till the next hearing.
The I-T officials had launched a probe in the issue following a complaint by Bhartiya Janta Party MP Subramanian Swamy, who accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others of cheating, misappropriation of property, conspiracy and breach of trust in the acquisition of assets of the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) by Young India Private Limited company.
It was alleged that the Gandhi's are major stakeholders of around 38% in Young Indian Pvt Ltd, which came into existence in 2010 and I-T department contended that the All India Congress Committee (AICC) gave Rs. 99 crores to Associate Journal Ltd(AJL) and furthermore that Rahul Gandhi persistently decided not to disclose that he held the post of director at the Young India.
BJP leader Swamy had already recorded his statement last month, before a Delhi court in the National Herald case against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, his mother Sonia Gandhi and other accused.