New Delhi: Unleashing acidic remarks on Congress scion Rahul Gandhi’s threatening to sue him, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has tweeted that Gandhi is unaware of defamation laws and requires lessons on the same.

 “This Buddhu needs a lesson on Defamation Law: as public servant as MP he has to prove what I said was untrue; not I that it is true!” tweeted Swamy on Friday after Gandhi threatened legal action against him.

Swamy on Thursday had accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi of ‘fraudulently’ converting a public trust into private property leading to the takeover of Herald House.

Swamy had alleged that a company ‘Young Indian ‘allegedly floated by both the Congress leaders had done a "sham and bogus" deal to "grab the Rs1,600 crore worth Herald House" and other properties of the group.

Rahul threatens legal action against Swamy

However, the Congress dismissed the charges. A much more strong denial came from Rahul Gandhi which said the allegations were "baseless and defamatory" and that legal action would be taken for the "scandalous abuse".

"The allegations made by you are utterly false, entirely baseless and defamatory," said a letter to Swamy. "We are committed to pursuing legal action."

Allegations on Sonia and Rahul

Swamy told the media that the two Gandhis floated a company called Young Indian in which each had 38 percent stake.

Young Indian, he said, acquired Associated Journals Pvt Ltd (APPL) and became owner of the National Herald and Quami Awaz and all high value real estate property in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh belonging to the group.

"Rahul Gandhi was already a shareholder in APJ Private Ltd in 2008 but failed to disclose this in his affidavit filed for the Lok Sabha elections in 2009," Swamy had alleged.

Swamy said AJP Ltd obtained unsecured zero interest loan of over Rs.90 crore from the All India Congress Committee (AICC).  He termed the transaction illegal, saying a political party can't give loans for commercial purposes.

He further added that in February 2011 AJP Ltd was sold by transfer of shares to Young Indian. Swamy said Rahul Gandhi later transferred his 262,411 shares in AJPL to his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

The Janata Party leader said Young Indian filed statements with the Registrar of Companies disclosing that the shareholders meeting was held at 10, Janpath, a government house allocated to Sonia Gandhi.

"This is in violation of law since government accommodation cannot be used for commercial purposes and business. The deal was to grab Herald House and other properties of the National Herald and Quami Awaz in Delhi and UP," he said.

Swamy demanded an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation. He also urged the Election Commission to look into the illegality of loan given by the Congress to a private company.


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