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Sonia calls tax notice political witch-hunt by govt

Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: July 10, 2014 12:48 am

Breaking her silence on I-T department sending notices to a company which took over the debts of the publisher of National Herald newspaper, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday accused the BJP government of being “politically vindictive” and asserted that such “witch-hunting” by the government will only help the Congress bounce back.

The department had earlier this week sent notices to Young Indian Ltd and Associated Journals Ltd, the erstwhile publisher of National Herald, seeking details of all their creditors, debtors and investors. Young Indian, a company incorporated in 2010 in which Sonia and Rahul Gandhi owned 38 per cent shares each, had taken over the debt of Associated Journals Ltd.
Based on a complaint by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, a Delhi court had last month summoned the Gandhis, AICC treasurer Motilal Vora, Congress leader Oscar Fernandes, Sam Pitroda and journalist Suman Dubey as accused for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring the ownership of the National Herald.

Sonia Wednesday said the I-T notice was an act of political vindictiveness. She said such “political witch-hunt will only help us come back and fight harder”. “This notice and the earlier proceedings are going to be vigorously, robustly and comprehensively replied to. A befitting reply would be given,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

“It is clear to everybody in this country that this petty witch hunt and this absolute vendetta politics show the fear and insecurity of the newly elected government despite the good numbers they have. And the history of politics in India teaches us that pettiness and vendetta politics has its unique consequences,” he said.

He claimed the complaint was politically motivated and has been initiated by a BJP leader despite the fact that it has “none of the ingredients of any offence”. Despite this, Singhvi said, the complaint was being “flaunted around” before the media and made sensational. “We have much to say but only before an appropriate forum,” he added.

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