Delhi High Court asks publishers of National Herald newspaper to vacate office

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The Delhi High Court today said that the publisher of National Herald newspaper must vacate its office in the national capitol.

The court canceled the petition by the publisher against a December order and rejected a request by Associated Journals in which it had challenged a previous order asking it to vacate the office space in central Delhi.

On December 21, 2018 the Delhi High Court had asked Associates Journals Limited to vacate the premises within two weeks, after which eviction proceedings would be initiated.

The Congress linked newspaper National Herald tweeted in November last year that the BJP Government is targeting it for its growing digital presence.

The BJP Government had told the court that no press had been functioning in the premises for at least 10 years and it had been used only for commercial purpose, which is violation of its lease.

The BJP Government had cancelled the publisher’s 56-year-old lease in October last year for the building in Delhi’s ITO.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had alleged that Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi set-up a company to buy debts worth Rs. 90 crore owed by Associates Journals, which publishes three newspapers including National Herald. Jawahar Lal Nehru had founded National Herald before he became India’s first Prime Minister.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a case in 2012 against then Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, alleging irregularities related to a loan of Rs. 90 crore given by the Congress to the AJL.

AJL had shut down over its debts. BJP alleges that the Gandhis used Congress party funds to pay off its debts even though the publisher has real estate assets worth thousands of crores.

 

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