New Delhi, July 14 (): Gandhis’ non-profit making National Herald earns Rs 87 lakh per month according to a channel report.
The Congress claims that the Young Indian which has Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi as directors and owns National Herald, was a company that runs a campaign for secularism. TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) is a service provider to Passport Seva Kendra run by External Affairs Ministry. The two offices have been housed in the Gandhis’-owned building for the past three years. These two give Rs 87 lakhs together. The Gandhis’-owned Herald building is a six-storied building and two floors have Passport Seva Kendra and pays Rs 60 lakhs and another floor TCS which offers technical support to the Kendra pays Rs 27 lakh per month.
According to the Ministry officials, the choice for building was decided by TCS. But, TCS spokesperson denies the Ministry’s claim and said that the decision of selecting the Herald House for passport Kendra was taken by the Ministry in 2011. The National Herald case filed by Dr Subramaniam Swamy hit the headlines when New Delhi Magistrate Court found Gandhis and Congress leaders Motilal Vora and Oscar Fernadez prima facie guilty and asked them to appear on August 7, post issuing summons.
The Associated Journals Ltd was floated by Jawaharlal Nehru to launch National Herald to be a propaganda vehicle in print media. It was allotted government land in Delhi along with other newspaper outfits in one street on the lines of Fleet Street. The paper got similar concession to build offices in Lucknow, Indore, Bhopal, Mumbai and Panchakula.
The paper during the Congress regime flourished on government advertisements. However, mismanagement and embezzlement of funds by Gandhis’ family aide Yashpal Kapoor reached a low after it lost power due to emergency excess. The workers went on a strike and finally wound up.
Young Indian had Gandhis in the power and this company routed party funds through this company;it acquired AJL which by Swamy’s contention has Rs 2000 crores assets. As soon as the court issued summons, Income Tax officials issued a notice as political parties cannot use their money to buy or fund companies.
Meantime, Gandhis have termed this as a BJP witch-hunt that will only help the Congress.