Republic TV on Tuesday accessed the 87 page plea filed by the Associated Journals Limited (AJL), the publisher of National Herald newspaper in the Delhi High Court on November 12, challenging the Centre's order asking it to vacate the premises at ITO in New Delhi.
In the plea, AJL has stated that the ruling government gave out the order to vacate the National Herald premises “to scuttle voice of the largest opposition party in the country”. Futhermore, the plea also attacked BJP, calling it “a deliberate attempt by BJP to suppress and destroy the legacy of Nehru”, by shutting down National Herald premises.
"The order is vitiated by malafides, bias and has been issued with oblique political motives. It is a clear affront to the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution and a deliberate attempt to suppress and destroy the legacy of the first Prime Minister of the country i.e. Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, by the powers that be," reads the plea.
Later, the plea filed by AJI went onto state that the ruling government is anti-Nehruvian as it harbours a pathological animus to the ideas of India’s first Prime Minister– Pandit Nehru:
"Since their ascension to power, post May 2014 Lok Sabha election, the ruling dispensation have put into action several covert and overt measures to erase, efface and defame the legacy of Pandit Nehru. The order is another manifestation of their nefarious plans."
In the hearing in the National Herald case that took place on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court refused to grant stay and adjourned the matter for next hearing till November 15. The court reasoned the verdict by stating that the files in the case did not reach the court on time.
The Associated Journals Limited - which published the National Herald, a newspaper founded by former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1938- and its assets and liabilities were acquired by a company named Young Indian in which former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi hold more than three-fourths equity.
On November 1 2012, BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy had filed a complaint in a Delhi court accusing both Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to have committed fraud by acquiring a publicly limited company AJL.