Subramanian Swami,BJP lawmaker received a setback in the National Herald case, as Patiala house court in Delhi rejected his plea seeking documents for the congress party. The case was filed against prominent Congress leaders, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and others.
Earlier Subramanian Swami has argued that the accounts of the congress leaders should be scrutinised and checked,whether they have provided 90 crore in a loan from tax exempted money to the National Herald newspaper. Congress has also argued that it is within its rights to provide a loan in order to revive a newspaper in the national interest.
National Herald had been set up by the first Indian prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, however, it had to shut down in 2008 due to poor earnings and mismanagement.
The Gandhis are accused of acquiring the newspaper firm for Rs 50 lakh, with the intentions of grabbing its properties in Delhi worth thousands of crore.
Gandhi’s counsel, however, claimed that Swamy has not made Congress an accused in the case. Meanwhile, Subramanian Swami has denied these claims. He has stated that the court has already summoned Congress leaders.Subramanian Swami has also mentioned that he will appeal to the Supreme Court on Patiala High Court’s order.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday moved the Supreme Court to hear their petition against Delhi High Court order of “personal summons”, over their alleged involvement in National Herald Case.
The Delhi High Court on December 7 refused to squash the “personal summon” clause in the order, and further referred the conduct of the accused as “questionable” and stated that a complete investigation should be examined to find out the truth.
The Gandhis were granted bail by the Patiala Court House on December 19, and scheduled the next hearing on February 20. While the Patiala House mandated the presence of the Gandhis during the hearing, their presence will not be required if the apex court decides to squash the order.
Moti Lal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Sam Pitroda, Suman Dubey, are the others who are accused in the case and are requires to be present during the next hearing. The case against the Gandhis and others were filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy over the alleged misappropriation of funds in running the National Herald newspaper.
NEW-DELHI: In an unusual step in the Congress Herald Case, the former BJP leader and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani has offered to fight the case from the side of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
The case was filed against them by the BJP member Subramanian Swamy, last month, who has alleged irregularities in the transfer of shares of the now-defunct National Herald newspaper. Jethmalani in his letter to Sonia on December 11 stated, “I know you have many great lawyers in the party. Still, my services are available to you if you need.” This came up just after two days when the Delhi High Court dismissed her appeal seeking stay on the summons issued to her and Rahul.
Reports states that, Jethmalani in his statement also mentioned that he believes Gandhi family has done no wrong. Added to this he also said that he neither needed any fee nor any consideration for solving this case and to stand with Gandhi in the National Herald case.
Jethmalani also called the charges which were filed against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi to be malicious and false. However, Sonia’s response came a little late but she approved the appeal and asked Jethmalani to fight her case in the court. Jethmalani and Swamy have a long-standing rivalry, ever since they made vitriolic comments against each other in a case relating to Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.
New Delhi: In what is being called a political victory for the Congress, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi were granted bail by the Patiala House court today. In the high-profile National Herald case, the court in New Delhi granted the Gandhis and others unconditional bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each.
Sam Pitroda, another accused in the National Herald case, did not appear before the court on Saturday as the court granted him exemption from personal appearance on medical grounds. He has been asked to appear and seek bail on the next date of hearing, February 20.
Former Union minister A K Antony has filed the bail bond on behalf of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and her daughter Priyanka Vadra did the same for brother and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. The Delhi court witnessed the entire Congress headship attending the proceedings today under tight security.
Subramanian Swamy, the petitioner in the National Herald case clarified that he did not oppose the move for bail during Saturday’s proceedings. “I did not oppose bail today, only opposed exemption. Thus the accused all produced bail for Rs. 50 000. No exemption. No bail boast?”, Swamy tweeted.
Sonia Gandhi at the Congress headquarters told media, “I appeared in court as a law abiding citizen…with a clear conscience.” According to Mrs. Gandhi, Modi government is misusing government agencies to target Congress party. “Our struggle for Congress policies and in the interest of the poor will continue”, she added.
The next hearing is set for February 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
New Delhi: The Winter Session of Parliament on Tuesday, 8 December – once again descended into scenes of disruptions and chaos after a week of seemingly productive discussions, as the National Herald Case became the bone of contention. Witnessing a series of protests and bitter allegations over the case by Congress members against the BJP, accused of instigating political vendetta, both the Houses were adjourned several times during the day, before finally dispersing off after 3 p.m. to convene tomorrow. Slogans were raised by Congress members in both the Houses of the Parliament, protesting against ‘dictatorship’ and ‘politics of revenge’.
Regarding the issue, Rahul Gandhi opined that there was political vendetta, and asserted that he is not going to be stopped by the Centre. Meanwhile, Congress senior leader Kabil Sibal had to say, “Sonia and Rahul are being targeted. Subramanian Swamy (the chief complainant) has BJP’s power of attorney to persecute and prosecute Congress. He is his master’s voice. Can I ask BJP how it spends its money? Is that legal matter?”.
On the other hand, the BJP categorically denied any political involvement by the government in the issue and attributed the decision solely to the judiciary. To this effect, Arun Jaitley said, “A private complaint has been filed. Government doesn’t come in the picture.”
Significantly, the whole issue assumed significance when the Delhi High Court recently rejected the pleas of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi that challenged the summons issued to them by a trial court in the context of the National Herald Case. Moreover, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy was the complainant in the matter back in 2012, and is actively pursuing it still.
The issue has the potential to dent BJP’s efforts to pursue its reform agenda in the Parliament, significantly coming after attempts at reconciliation, especially with the Congress.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has dismissed the pleas of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi to repeal the summons issued by a trial court in the National Herald case. The Gandhis and five others have challenged to move the Supreme Court, hours after the bench of Justice Sunil Gaur turned down their pleas for release from individual appearance.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a complaint accusing the duo of cheating and misusing funds in obtaining ownership of the now-defunct English daily National Herald in January 2013.
When asked by Hindustan Times if it was a case of political vendetta, Sonia Gandhi said, “I leave it on you to judge. Why should I be scared of anyone? I am Indira Gandhi’s daughter-in-law. I am not scared of anyone.”
Accusing BJP of using proxy proceedings to target Congress leaders, Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that his party is in a strong position to legally win this case. However, the two top Congress leaders along with five other accused have been asked by the trial court to appear before it on December 19.
On the other hand, Swamy said, “I don’t think they will move the Supreme Court. On December 19 they will have to seek bail which I will oppose and if bail is granted I will insist that passport is deposited.”
Suman Dubey, Moti Lal Vohra, Oscar Fernandez, Sam Pitroda and Young India Ltd, along with the Gandhis had challenged the summons issued to them by the Patiala court.
However, the Congress is still undecided on whether to move the Supreme Court.