Rahul Gandhi to file defamation suit against Swamy; Janata Party chief says 'grow up'
Congress scion and its general secretary Rahul Gandhi has said that he will take legal action against Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, who has accused him and his mother Sonia Gandhi of fraudulently acquiring a company called Associated Journals Pvt Ltd. (AJPL), which owned news papers namely National Herald and Quami Awaz.
The letter by Gandhi's office, which was reported widely by the media says: “We shall pursue the legal remedies open to us against the utterly motivated and irresponsible contents of your press conference, and we shall pursue all proceedings that are available in law to ensure that an individual like you and an organization like yours do not abuse the freedom to speak and write in utter violation of the equally important need in a civilized society to maintain the dignity of individuals and organizations and to abide by the law of the country.”
Congress party spokesperson and information and broadcasting minister Manish Tiwari while refuting the allegations said that such charges are found to be completely false when tested on anvil, as reported by The Hindu. .
Subramanian Swamy in his response has said that though he has not received any letter but he is open to face any legal action.
"Either Rahul Gandhi sends a letter to me or his lawyer. I will throw either of the papers in the dustbin without reading it. My advice to Rahul Gandhi is grow up, go to the court and file a defamation case. I will fight him there," Swamy said to a news channel.
Swamy had alleged that Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi floated a company called Young Indian, which acquired AJPL and all of its high-value real estate property in Delhi
and UP. He accused that the transaction was a fraud committed to grab the centrally located Herald House in Delhi worth about Rs. 1,600 crore.
Swamy further alleged that the All India
Congress Committee has given an unsecured loan of Rs. 90 crore to the Associated Journals to settle various liabilities of the company. He said that in lieu of this deal the board of AJPL alloted all AJ’s nine crore shares of Rs. 10 each to Young Indian, the private company of Gandhis.
The Janata Party president has demanded an inquiry of the deal between Young Indian and AJPL and the alleged loan given by Congress to the AJPL by Serious Frauds Investigation Office and the CBI
Earlier, on one occasion, Rahul Gandhi's office had clarified that Young Indian is a not-for-profit company, with no commercial interests. It has been also said by his office that Young India has no intention to start a newspaper.