New Delhi: The Honourable Delhi High Court today directed the Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) to vacate the premises of ‘Herald House’ and dismissed AJL’s plea against the Centre’s order. The 56 year old lease was canceled by the Government and had issued notice to vacate it.
The Herald House Building is located in the Central Delhi’s ITO area and the company has been given two weeks to leave it.
The company was started by Rahul Gandhi’s great grandfather Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1938. AJL had shut down over its debts in 2008. It has been alleged that the Gandhis had used the party funds to pay off its debts.
The Centre and Land and Development Office (L&DO) have said in their order that no press has been functioning in the premises for at least past 10 years and it was being used only for commercial purposes in violation of the lease deed.
AJL had denied the allegations in the petition filed in the high court.
However, Justice Sunil Gaur rejected the contentions of the AJL challenging the Centre’s October 30 order ending its 56-year-old lease.
In this case, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey, Sam Pitroda and Young India are accused. All the accused are currently on bail. The complainant’s statements have been filed in this case.
The L&DO’s order had also said that failure to hand over possession would lead to initiation of proceedings under the Public Premises Act.