New Delhi: Three strong raps in the National Herald corruption case in the past four days has sent out clear signs that the law may eventually be catching up with the Gandhi family.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court allowed income tax authorities to continue the tax reassessment of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress leader Oscar Fernandes for the year 2011-12. The Congress leadership was bitterly fighting against this. The Supreme Court said the next hearing will take place on January 8.

The enforcement directorate (ED) had on Monday attached a controversial plot of land (C-17, sector 6, Panchkula) which was allotted allegedly in contravention of law in 1982 to Associated Journals Limited (AJL), a trust owned by the not-for-profit organisation Young Indian, in which the Gandhis hold three-fourth of the equity shares. 

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has alleged that Young Indian had acquired complete ownership of AJL’s real estate and buildings worth Rs 5,000 crore in more than seven locations in Delhi and Mumbai by paying just Rs 50 lakh.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last Saturday filed a charge sheet against the then chief minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and veteran Congress leader Motilal Vohra for re-allotting the controversial Panchkula land to AJL allegedly by fraud. The CBI has claimed that the fraud led to a loss of Rs 67 lakh to the state exchequer.

"CBI had registered a case on April 5, 2017 on the request of the Haryana government and taken over the investigation. It was alleged that the New Delhi-based private company was allotted plot number C-17, sector-6, Panchkula by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for the purpose of publication of the Hindi daily newspaper Nav Jivan from the said premises. The estate officer, HUDA, Panchkula vide order resumed the said plot, as the said private company failed to carry out the construction as per the terms and conditions of allotment,” the CBI said in a statement.