The decision to re-open the case comes as a major victory to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who is the complainant. In the case it has been alleged that both Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi had alleged misappropriated funds in acquiring the ownership of the defunct English daily National Herald.
Rahul Gandhi & Sonia Gandhi
Swamy had alleged in the complaint that there was misappropriation of assets to the tune of Rs 2000 crore. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were summoned in connection with the case. The others to be summoned were Congress leaders Motilal Vora and Oscar Fernandes.
The ED had decided to close the case citing technical reasons. However Swamy had written to the Prime Minister complaining about the decision to close the case.
Swamy accused the then director of the ED Rajan Katoch of not having an interest in pursuing the case.
He said that he had given the ED a detailed report of money laundering carried out allegedly by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and four others in the acquisition of National Herald.
Katoch was removed as the director of the ED and Karnal Singh was appointed in his place.