Union Minister Smriti Irani launched a scathing attack on the Gandhi family over the National Herald case on Tuesday. She questioned Rahul Gandhi as to why Young India, a publication started by the Gandhi family, bought a commercial company.
Addressing a press briefing in New Delhi, the BJP leader blamed the Congress for "sabotaging tax payer’s money":
“UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi led a government that attacked the very core of the Indian banking system. Raghuram Rajan said that between 2006-08, the UPA functioning led to increased NPAs in India’s banking structure. The bad loans increased in the country due to Congress’ misgovernance. Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra and Sonia Gandhi wanted to sabotage the taxpayer’s money,” she said.
The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the Gandhis pleas against the Income Tax department’s decision to re-open their tax assessments for the financial year 2011-2012 in connection with the case. Referring to the National Herald Case, Irani questioned the Congress chief on misappropriating funds through Young Indian.
“Yesterday Delhi High Court and Raghuram Rajan presented another example of the corruption saga of Congress leaders mainly, Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra,” Irani said. “I have questions not for a political organisation , but for Rahul Gandhi… The company is owned by Rahul Gandhi and not the Congress. Why would Rahul Gandhi, who in his statement has said he is not interested in profit and loss, buy a commercial company with commercial interests?” she added.
Taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi, the BJP leader said:
“Rahul Gandhi doesn’t mind hugging Prime Minister Modi. But he keeps running away from CBI officials. He says he is a champion of freedom of speech and has still not allowed media to cover the National Herald Case.”
Earlier on August 14, the Congress President had appeared in the Delhi High Court after the I-T department accused him of concealing income in the years 2011-2012 by not disclosing that he was a director in Young Indian Private Limited (YIL). The same day, Sonia Gandhi and Oscar Fernandes, too, had moved the Delhi High Court, challenging the reopening of their assessments by the income-tax regarding the Young Indian-National Herald transactions.
This came after Republic TV had accessed a 463-page- report, the 'Rahul Gandhi tax file'. The tax file had made a stunning revelation that the Income Tax department sent three notices to Rahul Gandhi for tax evasion in the years 2011-2012.