Political chicanery – A. Surya Prakash. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi of Young Indian as joint grabbers of prime properties

http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.in/2012/11/political-chicanery-surya-prakash-sonia.html

The properties grabbed are not restricted to Herald House on the Fleet Street of Delhi, but extend to places like Indore, Bhopal and Mumbai.

See Dr. Swamy’s statement calling for FIR on cognizable offences and custodial interrogation of Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi

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STATEMENT OF Dr.SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY on November 11,2012

I have communicated to the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Shivraj Chauhan that, based on the CNN IBN investigation being broadcast, he must set up a SIT inquiry into the real estate fraud in the Associated Journals Pvt Ltd which is a wholly owned company of Young Indian Pvt Ltd, which company in turn is controlled by Ms. Sonia Gandhi and Mr. Rahul Gandhi, both public servants as defined by the Prevention of Corruption Act.

SIT investigation is necessary since the offences committed by the AJPL, the culpability for which devolves now on Young Indian Pvt Ltd and therefore the Gandhi mother-son duo, are fully liable for multiple offences which range from criminal breach of trust under IPC, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, to Companies Act.

For SIT a FIR has to be filed for these cognizable offences, and it will be necessary for Ms. Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi to be subject to custodial interrogation.

Herald land scam: Subramanian Swamy seeks SIT probe
Dailybhaskar.com | Nov 12, 2012, 00:11AM IST

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Published on Nov 10, 2012 by ibnlive
After Delhi, Lucknow and Mumbai, another Herald land row has come to light. This time in Bhopal where a shopping mall was built on the land sold to the newspaper at a concessional rate. The BJP-led state government is now planning to take back the plot. Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy’s allegation on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary Rahul Gandhi over Associated Journals limited that once published the National Herald and Quomi Awaaz newspapers has provided a fresh opportunity to the ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh to score some political points.

The government is now saying it would soon acquire properties that have been constructed on the land that was allotted to Associated Journals limited in 1981 by the than Congress government led by Arjun Singh. The land allocation, however, has already been cancelled in March this year. The Congress party is washing its hands from the deal saying the land was sold to a former minister once the papers shut down.

New Delhi/Bhopal: Janata Party supremo Subramanian Swamy has attacked the ruling Congress at the Centre by demanding an SIT inquiry into the Herald land scam in Bhopal.

As per reports, the plot of land that was sold at a concessional rate to the newspaper was used to build a shopping mall, Zee News reported.

CNN-IBN stated that the BJP-led government in Madhya Pradesh (MP) is planning to take the plot back.

Swamy had earlier heaped charges of corruption against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi over Associated Journals that once published National Herald and Qaumi Awaaz newspapers.

In the wake of Swamy’s charges, the MP government too has reportedly been planning to take back the properties built on the land allotted in 1981 to Associated Journals by the then Arjun Singh-led Congress government.

http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/MP-BHO-herald-land-scam-subramanian-swamy-seeks-sit-probe-4036704-NOR.html
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Now, Herald land row comes to light in Bhopal too POLITICS NEWS, Updated Nov 11, 2012 at 11:04am IST

Bhopal: After Delhi, Lucknow and Mumbai, another Herald land row has come to light. This time in Bhopal where a shopping mall was built on the land sold to the newspaper at a concessional rate. The BJP-led state government is now planning to take back the plot. Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy’s allegation on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary Rahul Gandhi over Associated Journals limited that once published the National Herald and Quomi Awaaz newspapers has provided a fresh opportunity to the ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh to score some political points.
The government is now saying it would soon acquire properties that have been constructed on the land that was allotted to Associated Journals limited in 1981 by the than Congress government led by Arjun Singh. The land allocation, however, has already been cancelled in March this year. The Congress party is washing its hands from the deal saying the land was sold to a former minister once the papers shut down.

The building in Bhopal’s industrial district built on the 56000 square feet was allotted to Associated Journals limited by the Congress government in 1981. In March 2012, a year after the land lease expired, the Bhopal Development Authority cancelled the land allocation. But the property has continued to stay in the possession of the heirs of former Congress minister Tanvant Singh Keer.

Housing and Environment Minister, Madhya Pradesh, Jayant Malaiya said, “The property could not be sold or rented out. The terms and conditions have been violated. The interests of the state would be protected.”

The opposition Congress party has tried to avoid controversy by stating that the land had already been sold. Congress treasurer Motilal Vohra wrote a letter to the Bhopal Development Authority in November 2011 that says all conditions of the lease deed are being followed.

Spokesman state Congress Manak Aggarwal said, “The land was sold to the than minister Tanvant Singh Keer. Once the paper stopped publishing the than Bureau Chief came with a proposal and the trust decided to sell it off.”

The ruling BJP by expressing its desire to acquire the property constructed on the land allotted to Associated Journals limited is also trying to tame other organisations who are making commercial use of the land allotted for newspapers. The Supreme Court of India has already directed to impose a penalty on such violations but the state government has not moved beyond serving notices.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/now-herald-land-row-comes-to-light-in-bhopal-too/305036-37-64.html

November 13, 2012 (Page 8)

This heralds a new low in political chicanery

A Surya Prakash

The Congress cannot be allowed to get away by glib talk to justify the brazen diversion of party funds to help the Nehru-Gandhi family acquire a stake in a piece of prime real estate in Delhi

At a time when there has been a phenomenal increase in the funds pouring into the coffers of political parties, the allegations made by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy regarding the misuse of funds by the Congress’s first family to usurp the Rs 1,600 crore Herald House on Delhi’s ‘Fleet Street’, raises the broader issue of defining permissible parameters for the deployment of party funds.

According to Mr Swamy, a tireless crusader, Congress advanced an interest-free loan of Rs 90 crore to The Associated Journals Ltd that owned the now defunct National Herald. This loan was meant to take over the liabilities of TAJL. Later, another company called Young Indian was launched, in which Ms Sonia Gandhi and Mr Rahul Gandhi together hold 76 per cent of the shares. This company subscribed to a fresh issue of shares of TAJL by paying a meagre Rs 50 lakh, but this was enough to gain control. Through this manoeuvre, the mother-son duo have acquired control of Herald House on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Delhi’s ‘Fleet Street’. The wily manner in which this property has been appropriated would put Punjabi Bagh real estate agents to shame!

These transactions also go to prove that the Nehru-Gandhis have proprietorial control over the Congress. That is why, the party ‘loans’ Rs 90 crore to TAJL and thereafter a company owned largely by 10 Janpath — Young Indian — acquires control of TAJL. All these manoeuvres should come as no surprise to those who have closely followed the methods deployed by the family to gain control of large tracts of real estate all over Lutyens’ Delhi.

But, Mr Swamy’s accusations raise the larger question of where and how political parties should be allowed to spend their money. Can they enter into business activities or enable companies owned by their office-bearers to acquire properties or businesses? These questions merit urgent consideration for the simple reason that, in the last decade there has been a staggering growth in the income of political parties.

Thanks to the sustained efforts of the Association of Democratic Rights, we now have authentic information on the kind of funds available with political parties in the country. The organisation took the RTI route to ferret out information. Following an application by the ADR, the Central Information Commission directed the Income Tax authorities to furnish details of the income tax returns filed by recognised national and State political parties since 2004-05. Thereafter, National Election Watch and the ADR collated and analysed the data and put their findings in the public domain.

The ADR’s analysis showed that the top five political parties with the highest total income over this seven year period are: the Indian National Congress (Rs 2,008 crore), the Bharatiya Janata Party (Rs 994 crore), the BSP (Rs 484 crore), the Communist Party of India-Marxist (Rs 417 crore) and the Samajwadi Party (Rs 279 crore). It found that a major source of income for most political parties was ‘donations and voluntary contributions’.

However, interestingly, donations from named contributors (persons who donate more than Rs 20,000) and whose contributions have to be mandatorily declared “form a very small percentage of total income of political parties”. The analysis of the data for the last two of these seven fiscal years by ADR has showed that BJP’s donations from named donors amount to 22.76 per cent of its total income, whereas it was just 11.89 per cent for the Congress.

The BSP, strangely had not received any donation above Rs 20,000 although its total income for the two years was Rs 172.67 crore. The Nationalist Congress Party, on the other hand, got 4.64 per cent of its income from named donors. There was also much variance in the nature of incomes of the two Communist parties — CPM got just 1.29 per cent, whereas the Communist Party of India showed 57.02 per cent of its income from donations above Rs 20,000.

As per this data, the total income of six national parties over seven financial years since 2004-05 is around Rs 4,000 crore. The Congress had an income of Rs 222 crore in 2004-05, the year the United Progressive Alliance headed by that party, came to power. The party’s income jumped to Rs 467 crore in 2009-10, the year this coalition obtained a fresh mandate. In 2010-11, the income was Rs 307 crore. The Congress’s total income since 2004-05 is Rs 2,008 crore, making it the most affluent political party in the country.

The Congress has not denied Mr Swamy’s accusations. Initially, it thought it could get away by showering insults on him. But this did not work because, on the face of it, the National Herald operation looked like a ploy to usurp a valuable piece of real estate. Wiser counsel prevailed sometime later and the party spokesman claimed that it was “a matter of pride” for the party to have given such a loan to the company that published National Herald. The party also claimed that it was supporting the company “to help initiate a process to bring the newspaper back to health”. But, this claim of the spokesperson flies in the face of the statement from Mr Gandhi’s office that Young Indian, the new company owned by him and his mother, “has no intention of starting a newspaper”.

The party’s explanations will not wash, because at the end of the day, a Rs 1,600 crore asset of a defunct newspaper company has been acquired for a pittance by a company which is almost wholly owned by the Gandhis. These dubious transactions raise a host of questions. Prominent among them are whether a political party can engage in commercial activity or deploy funds to promote the business activities of its office-bearers?

Look beyond the Congress and you will see the magnitude of the problem. What if the other political parties which run like proprietorship companies — the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party — emulate the Congress? If parties are allowed to indulge in such practices, what will become of our democratic system? Can political parties be entitled to tax exemptions if they go commercial? Will not our political parties begin to double up as some kind of tax-exempt commercial institutions in which illegal funds are parked? Since political parties are entitled to tax exemptions under the Income Tax Act, it is not too much to demand that these funds be used only for political purposes. Who will ensure this?

http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/item/52824-this-heralds-a-new-low-in-political-chicanery.html

Support to National Herald Interest Free: Cong

NEW DELHI | NOV 02, 2012

Breaking its silence, the Congress tonight rejected allegations levelled by Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy and maintained that its support to National Herald newspaper was interest free loans yielding no commercial profit to the party.

After the party spokesman and other top leaders during the day refused to go into Swamy’s allegations, the party came out with its position in a late night press release.

Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said in the release that the Congress has done its duty in supporting The Associated Journals Limited to help initiate a process to bring the newspaper back to health in compliance with the law of the land.

“This support was extended by the Indian National Congress in the form of interest-free loans from which no commercial profit has accrued to INC,” the release said.

Yesterday Swamy addressed a press conference in which he alleged that Congress party gave a loan of Rs 90 crores to Associated Journals that published the now defunct National Herald and Quami Awaz, which was in violation of Income Tax and election laws.

He had also said that a new company Young Indian was floated to take over the functioning of Associated Journals by Sonia and Rahul to grab a prized building in the capital and renting it out in violation of laws.

Dwivedi said the object of Congress is the well-being and advancement of the people of India and the establishment in India, by peaceful and constitutional means of a social state based on Parliamentary democracy in which there is equality of opportunity and of political, economic and social rights and which aims at world peace and fellowship.

“In furtherance of its object and its political activities, it is a matter of pride for the Indian National Congress that it has supported The Associated Journals Limited, publisher of the National Herald and other newspapers, founded by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1937, which have played a role in our freedom movement.

“The Indian National Congress has done its duty in supporting The Associated Journals to help initiate a process to bring the newspaper back to health in compliance with the laws of the land,” Dwivedi said.

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NOV 02, 2012
09:47 PM
“The Indian National Congress has done its duty in supporting The Associated Journals to help initiate a process to bring the newspaper back to health in compliance with the laws of the land” >>>>

RIGHT – AND THEN “Gifted” it to Madam Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi, the Congress treasurer and a few Sonia hard core loyalists’ “private” company?

BHARAT, DELHI
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NOV 02, 2012
11:37 PM
“Dwivedi said the object of Congress is the well-being and advancement of the people of India and the establishment in India, by peaceful and constitutional means of a social state based on Parliamentary democracy in which there is equality of opportunity and of political, economic and social rights and which aims at world peace and fellowship.”

Bullshit overload.

NOBODY INPARTICULAR, MUMBAI
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NOV 03, 2012
07:39 AM
Cant but look at Swamy with sense of Pride,having met him way back in 1977 before the Elections.

He has made Congress suck up ,Be it 2G or now the 90 c loan to Lady and Son.

The man has been unused by India.Even when asked why he hasnt gone after Gadkari he said that Congress has all the Investigation agencies to probe Gadkari why should he do it.

Can he refom the Judicial System in India

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NOV 03, 2012
11:12 AM
There are quite a lot of loose threads in this case due to the loose irresponsible talk of members of bandwagon.You will see that they meticulously avoid mentioning the chronological order of events only to confuse the public.A dubious named not-for-profit company was formed with 76 % shareholding by gandhi family and the balance by motilal vohra , the treasurer of congress party and 90 crore is advanced later to National Herald which has become subsidiary of Young Indian.Certainly it is a conspiracy by the trio to hijack the money of congress party to hijack the property of National Herald.sequentially analysing the events, evidently this 90 crores goes to the enjoyment of Young indian through subsidiary National Herald. No newspaper copy is sold free of cost and hence it has commercial value. The meeting of the company is held in the Official residence of Sonia gandhi reducing to the level of a board room.All these go to prove the veracity of the charges levelled by Swamy but we see fellows like PC Chako, Manish tewari, Dwivedy etc., shout out with dutch courage supporting a failing case. People have become thoughtful, analytical to draw conclusions and the old tactics of these guys to dust the eyes of the aam aadmi in banana republic of india will not work. It will also be necessary to look at whether any fund was diverted out of this 90 crore to the property purchse by Vadragandhiji.It isalso necessry on the part of Outlook India to sequence out the birth of Young Indian, Its MOU and AA in detail, the GM of National Herald to waive off to Young indian with date and the signature of approving signatories, date of issue of the 90 crore cheque and the name of the receiving party, date of its encashment, the date of let out of premises of National Herald to MEA for its pass port office with the monthly rent and service charges and the name of the property owner receiving the rent, items on which money spent out so far for the not-for-profit purposes etc., in order for the readers to know more about the stink this has generated. Will the editor put some investigative journalist on the job? Thanks for the excellent presentations

SHREE, CHENNAI http://news.outlookindia.com/allfeedbacks.aspx?artid=779802&commentid=61356#61356

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