Delhi HC orders Associated Journals to vacate HQ in 14 days


New Delhi, Delhi High Court on Friday ordered the Associated Journals Ltd, publisher of the Indian National Congress-linked National Herald newspaper, to vacate its headquarter in Central Delhi, ITO Area within two weeks. On November 22, Justice Sunil Gaur had reserved his order in the land lease case. Bharatiya Janata Party's Subramanian Swamy had filed a case against the then Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son, Rahul, along with other leaders of the party Oscar Fernandes, Motilal Vohra and Sam Pitroda, alleging their involvement in massive ‘cheating and breach of trust’ in the acquisition of AJL by Young Indian Pvt Ltd. He had averred that assets worth crores of rupees had been allegedly transferred for purposes other than originally intended. AJL had challenged the October 30 order of the Urban Development Ministry, which had ended its 56-year-old lease and asked it to vacate the premises in the Press Enclave at ITO by November 15 on grounds of violation of the agreement. Counsel, representing the Land and Development Office, contended that it was malicious prosecution and impugned order vitiated by mala fides and ulterior political motives.

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