- Mr. Bhupendra Singh, state minister of urban development, calls for investigation in National Herald investigation.
- Reports claim, the National Herald property is being exploited for businesses other than mentioned.
- Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were interrogated by the ED in the National Herald affair.
Madhya Pradesh: According to Urban Development minister Bhupendra Singh, the SS Govt has said to initiate an inquiry to see whether state-owned property owned by the Gandhi-affiliated publication National Herald is being exploited for businesses or the land’s intended use has been altered.
“It (National Herald properties in Madhya Pradesh) will be investigated. If commercial use is found, then the property being used commercially will be sealed,” State Minister for Urban Development Bhupendra Singh said.
He further added, “the land was allotted in the name of freedom fighters, which was later transferred in the name of Congress leaders the same way the ₹ 5,000 crore property of National Herald in Delhi is now in the name of Sonia Gandhi.”
After the lease ended in 2011, the BDA inspectors went to the location and discovered that it was reportedly being used for commercial reasons rather than newspaper publication. Newspaper printing had already halted in 1992, and after that, commercial organizations began to take its place.
The Gandhis are currently involved in a number of legal proceedings involving the alleged theft of the newspaper’s equipment, the failure to provide retrenched employees of Navjeevan with compensation, and a lawsuit filed by the Bhopal Development Authority, seeking to revoke the lease that the BDA granted the for the newspaper’s land.
Along with this, in the suspected money laundering case connected to National Herald, the Enforcement Directorate recently sealed the Young Indian office in Delhi. Young Indian as per reports has taken over ALJ’s assets, which operate National Herald and total more than 800 crore rupees.