Sibal charges Finance Minister with giving hints to IT dept in Herald Case

Saturday, Dec 12, 2015,16:53 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal today accused Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of terming the National Herald case as an offence under the Income Tax Act and giving an indication to the IT department to issue notice to his party in the matter.

Speaking at a media event here, he rejected all charges of alleged cheating and siphoning of money by Congress from National Herald and the issue has nothing to do with the disruption of Parliament. Your Finance Minister in his blogs and on Facebook says this is an offence under Income Tax Act. He is the Finance Minister of this country.

Does he have the right to make statements like that. He is giving a sort of indication to the IT department that you send notice. And what has stopping of Parliament got to do with the case of National Herald. It is nothing to do with it, Sibal said speaking at the Aaj Tak Agenda programme here.

Congress has been stalling Parliament for the past few days over the issue of political vendetta. Sibal referred to comments made by revenue ministers of BJP-ruled Maharashtra and Haryana governments favouring cancellation of leases of properties of National Herald or its holding companies and asked Is this not political vendetta. He said Congress is committed to reviving and running National Herald, a newspaper established in 1938 by Jawaharlal Nehru.

There was no cheating in National Herald case. Young Indian is a Section 25 company that means no money can be shared with any of the shareholders. Nobody has lost any money or made any money in this, said Sibal, a noted lawyer and a former Union Minister. He said Congress wants passage of GST bill in the Parliament but first government should accepts its three suggestions on the proposed legislation. Parliament should function and we also want Parliament to function.

One of a very senior BJP leaders set a democratic principle that obstruction in Parliament is part of Parliamentary strategy. In the history of democracy, no leader has ever said such a thing. What have we said on GST? We do not want flawed GST. We have given them three suggestions on GST. We have said you come to us on the suggestions put forth by us and implement them, he said.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments that reforms meant for common men are being stalled in Parliament, Sibal asked, When he was Chief Minister of Gujarat and for six years he was opposing GST, at that time was his feelings not connected with common men.

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