New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved verdict on a plea by National Herald publisher Associated Journals Limited (AJL) challenging a single judge direction to vacate the premises here, arguing that transfer of shares to Young India (YI), in which Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi are shareholders, won’t make them the building’s owners.
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao reserved its decision after Associated Journals Ltd concluded its arguments. The court also asked AJL and the Centre’s lawyers to file their written submissions in three days. During the over an hour long hearing, AJL, represented by senior advocate Abhishek M Singhvi, reiterated the argument that transfer of the company’s majority shares to Young India (YI) would not make Gandhis the owners of the Herald building here.
Singhvi also contended that the Centre never raised the issue of lack of printing activity at the Herald building prior to June 2018, by when publishing of some of its online editions had already commenced.