No one above law, says Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec. 10 (ANI): Reiterating that the Central Government had not taken any punitive action against Congress leaders so far in connection with the National Herald case, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said the government could not help them nor could Parliament, and thus, there was no point in disturbing Parliament and preventing legislative activity.

“The government has passed no order in relation to the disputed transactions, but there is equality before law, and no one is above law, he said, while asking Congress leaders to fight case legally.

He said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had not issued any notice to them (the Gandhis), though the Criminal Court had taken cognisance of the offence and the Delhi High Court agreed with the Trial Court.

In a Facebook post, the minister said the battle has to be fought legally, but the Congress being uncertain of the results of legal battles is crying foul, and calling it a political vendetta, even as the Congress leaders “used tax-exempted income for non-exempted purpose”.

Jaitley said the Income Tax authorities will follow their own procedure.

Earlier, Congress leader and deputy leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma on Thursday said: “It’s a well-known fact that a complaint was made to the Enforcement Directorate, which looked into that. Because, it has no locus standi and there was no merit in the complaint, it was not an ED’s case, and as a result of that the EED closed the case. But, that ED was moved out and another person was appointed, and the case (Associated journal and National Herald) that was brought to the closure, was re-opened.”

A trial Court in Delhi, on December 8 had directed Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other accused to appear in person on December 19 in the National Herald case.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a criminal case against the Gandhis and others for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring ownership of now-defunct daily National Herald. (ANI)

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