New Delhi: The Income Tax department on Tuesday sent a notice to the Indian National Congress for claiming tax exemption, say sources.
The I-T notice comes in the backdrop of court summons to Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in connection with the National Herald case.
While the Congress has said it would reply to the notice appropriately, it has called it a witch hunt. Party leader Digvijaya Singh said that the party was expecting such a notice.
"I go back to 1977.. even then there was witch hunting.. even now there is witch hunting. We were expecting this and we will answer back in the court," said Singh.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi have been summoned by a Delhi court on August 7 in the National Herald case.
The court had found prima facie evidence against Sonia in the case and she has been summoned as accused after Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy has alleged that the Congress gave an unsecured loan to Sonia-owned Young Indian Ltd to acquire National Herald's holding company Associated Journals.
Swamy has alleged misappropriation of assets worth Rs 2000 crore of the National Herald newspaper.