The C Times, 27th June 2017, Agartala: A Delhi court on Thursday summoned Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul to answer allegations that they used their leadership of the Congress party to misuse about $15 million of party funds for personal profit.
The petitioner in the case against the Gandhis and two of their colleagues is Subramanian Swamy, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which ousted a Congress-led coalition from power a month ago after a thumping election victory.
However, he questioned the credibility of Swamy, who has a history of attacking the Gandhi family. “Swamy’s credentials are known to everyone so we don’t have anything to worry about,” A Senior Congress leader said.
The Gandhis are the torchbearers of a dynasty that has led India for more than half of the 67 years since independence, but their party suffered its worst-ever defeat in the elections and the BJP’s Narendra Modi became prime minister.
At the heart of the court case is Associated Journals Limited, publisher of three newspapers, including the National Herald, an English daily founded and edited by Jawaharlal Nehru before he became independent India’s first prime minister.
In 2008, the company shut down with an unpaid debt of about$15 million, according to allegations in a copy of the court order.
Swamy accuses Rahul Gandhi, Nehru’s great-grandson, and Sonia, of setting up a firm called the Young Indian Company to buy the debt using Congress party funds even though Associated Journals allegedly had real estate assets worth at least $335 million, which would have cleared the debt.
MotilalVora, a Congress party member, was managing director of Associated Journals and later became a shareholder of the Young Indian Company, according to the allegations
Swamy alleged that the Young Indian Company then owned all of the equity in Associated Journals and rented out its properties to profit its shareholders, including Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, who together controlled 76 percent.