High Court Rejects Gandhis’ Petition Over Income Tax Assessment Transfer

The Gandhis challenged the order issued by the Income Tax principal commissioner to transfer their cases

New Delhi:

The Delhi High Court today rejected petitions by Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra against the Income Tax department’s decision to transfer their assessments to the Central Circle instead of an ordinary assessment in a matter related to arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.

The court also rejected separate petitions, which raised similar legal issues, by Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Trust, Jawahar Bhawan Trust, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, Young Indian and the Aam Aadmi Party.

The Gandhis challenged the order issued by the Income Tax principal commissioner to transfer their cases for assessment year 2018-19 to the Central Circle.

Central Circles are mandated with checking tax evasion. They take over the evidence gathered by investigation wing during searches.

“The assessment of petitioners have been transferred to the Central Circle in accordance with law. The present writ petitions are dismissed,” said a bench of Justices Manmohan and Dinesh Kumar Sharma while pronouncing the verdict.

“Undoubtedly there cannot be guilt by association or relationship, yet in the present matters, assessments have been transferred for the purposes of a coordinated investigation,” added the bench.

The court said Central Circle jurisdiction is not confined to search cases and no assesse has any fundamental or vested legal right to be assessed by a faceless assessing officer.

The court clarified it has not examined the “controversy between the parties on merits”.

The transfer of their cases to the Central Circle was opposed by the Gandhis on the ground that they have nothing to do with the Sanjay Bhandari group’s cases.

Sanjay Bhandari, wanted in India on money laundering charges, has been allegedly linked to Priyanka Gandhi’s husband, Robert Vadra, over a London-based flat. Robert Vadra has denied any business connections with the accused.

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Priyanka Gandhi, Robert Vadra Wish Each Other On Wedding Anniversary

Mr Vadra and Priyanka Gandhi got married on February 18, 1997.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday wished her husband Robert Vadra on their wedding anniversary. Taking to Instagram, she shared a sweet post complete with a photo of them together. In the image, the couple is seen posing in front of a snowy backdrop with a cup of hot beverage. 

“38 years since we first met and we’re still laughing with each other and at each other! (and mutually congratulating each other for what lovely children we produced),” Priyanka Gandhi wrote in the caption of the post. 

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Separately, Robert Vadra also remembered the “tough and good time” they have shared together. Sharing a set of happy pictures, he wrote that he’ll “always stand strong, as an unshakeable pillar of support to you and for our two beautiful children”. 

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“Wow, it’s been quite a few years and soo many experiences … life’s been real interesting, being with you. From our beginning, trying to find some anonymity and having some innocent fun times, to being center stage and dealing with the world. Tough and good times shared, that taught us to be united and War ready. But all in all, we been strong and happy and learnt that we do have each other, always,” Mr Vadra wrote on Facebook. 

“Here’s wishing you all the love, affection and happiness in the years ahead together.  Always here standing strong, as an unshakeable pillar of support to you and for our two beautiful children, Loved our years, passed by and looking forward to the years ahead. Love our family we created,” he added. 

Mr Vadra and Priyanka Gandhi got married on February 18, 1997. They are parents to Miraya and Raihan. The couple celebrated their silver jubilee of marriage (25 years) last year.

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Robert Vadra, His Mother’s Request Against Arrest Rejected, But They Get Some Relief

Businessman Robert Vadra is accused of an illegal land deal in Bikaner. (File)


The High Court in Rajasthan today rejected a plea by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s husband Robert Vadra and his mother Maureen Vadra that they not be arrested for questioning in a money laundering case related to a land deal. But it did give them relief for two weeks, during which they can go to a two-judge bench of the court.

The main allegation is that the Vadras through a firm called Skylight Hospitality – using a middleman named Mahesh Nagar — illegally purchased 275 bighas of government land in Bikaner district in 2012 that was sold further for a steel plant at a massive profit.

The Vadras contended in the Jodhpur High Court that there was no need to arrest them if the central probe agency, Enforcement Directorate (ED), needed to question them at all.

The ED challenged their petition against arrest.

They have earlier been questioned in 2019, and continue to deny any illegality in the deal.

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‘Steps are STRONGER when…’: In a big boost to Rahul Gandhi, sister Priyanka joins Bharat Jodo Yatra for first time

Borgaon: In a big boost to Rahul Gandhi, his sister and Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joined the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra here for the first time on Thursday. She was accompanied by her husband Robert Vadra and son Rehan. On the second day of the yatra’s Madhya Pradesh leg, when Rahul Gandhi started the foot march from Borgaon in Khandwa district, Priyanka Gandhi, her husband Robert Vadra and son Rehan were seen matching steps with him.

Congress workers raised slogans in support of Rahul Gandhi and his sister and tried to come close to them, but police were seen making hectic efforts to prevent them from doing so. Police personnel on both sides of the road held ropes as part of the security for Rahul Gandhi.



When the yatra resumed from Borgaon after sunrise, the crowd presence was less compared to the first day of its Madhya Pradesh leg, but later the number of people and vehicles started increasing.

Rajasthan’s former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot was also seen walking along with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi during the foot march.

The yatra will enter Rajasthan from Madhya Pradesh on December 4, after covering a distance of 380 km. Pilot has joined the foot march at a time when demands for the change of leadership have been raised again in Rajasthan, before the entry of Rahul Gandhi’s yatra into the desert state.

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