Delhi High Court has ordered the National Herald Publisher that has linked with Congress, to vacate its headquarters in Delhi. National Herald is owned by the Associated Journalist Limited, has challenged the order of the government on October 30, which has canceled its 56-years-old lease and asked it to vacate the building within 2 weeks, reports Herald House source.
The Associated Journals has to be vacate the building in the national capital’s ITO area within 2 weeks time.
The Centre and Land and Development Officer (L&DO) said that no press has been functioning in the area for over 10-years and it is utilized only as a commercial building in violation of the lease deed.
The strict order of the court has added a new twist to the National Herald case that has been detailed by BJP as a prime instance of corruption by Congress and Nehru-Gandhi family.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has accused that Ms. Sonia Gandhi along with her son, Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi has set-up a new company to buy debt amount of Rs. 90 owned by the Associated Journals, which published 3 newspapers, including Jawaharlal Nehru’s founded National Herald, before he became the first Prime Minister of India.
Over its debts, in 2008, Associated Journals had been closed. BJP accused that Gandhi family used the party funds to pay off its debts even though the publishers hold real estate assets worth thousands of crores.
On November 12, National Herald reports that it was being targeted by NDA government for gaining its own digital presence.
In 2012, Mr. Swamy has lodged a case against then Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, accused irregularities related to a loan amount of Rs. 90 crore by the Congress to pay off AJL.