The Income Tax department had filed a caveat in the apex court that it should be heard in case any appeal is filed against the high court order.
A caveat is a legal procedure by which an application is filed by any party to the litigation to pre-empt an ex-parte order.
After a brief hearing, a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and S A Abdul Nazeer said, “Since respondent (Income Tax department) has put in appearance, we are not issuing a formal notice. However, we are fixing the matter for final arguments on December 4”.
The appeals were filed by Rahul, Sonia and veteran Congress leader Oscar Fernandes, who have challenged the September 10 verdict of the high court.
The Income Tax matter against the Congress leaders are linked to the National Herald case in which they are also facing a criminal case.