In what is being seen as a setback to the Gandhis, the Supreme Court has allowed the Income Tax department to continue with the tax reassessment for the year 2011-12.
The assessment will be of Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi in a case related to the National Herald newspaper.
The Supreme Court said that no final order would be passed and that the next hearing will take place on January 8.
Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Congress leader Oscar Fernandes had petitioned against the reopening of their tax assessments related to Associated Journals Ltd, the publisher of National Herald newspaper.
The Delhi High Court had last month dismissed their petitions, clearing the way for the Income Tax department to scrutinise records for the year 2011-12.
This comes after the tax department accused the Congress leaders of having devised the scheme involving pre-ordinate artificial and fraudulent steps to take over Associated Journals Limited.>