Court Reserves Its Order In Herald Case Against Sonia And Rahul


New Delhi: A Delhi court has reserved its order in the ongoing National Herald case in which BJP leader Subramanian Swamy accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, his mother Sonia Gandhi and others of allegedly cheating and misappropriating funds.Swamy moved three applications against them in this case.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal would pronounce the orders on May 26 on the applications, which have been opposed by the Gandhis and others contending that they were without any merit.

The BJP leader, in a private criminal complaint which formed the main case, has accused the Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs 50 lakh, through which Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore that Associate Journals Ltd owed to the Congress. In the first application, the BJP MP has sought certain documents from the Congress, while in his second plea, Swamy has sought a direction to the Gandhisto either admit or deny certain documents filed by him on whether they are originals.

In his third application, Swamy has requested the court to take on record certain documents related to the Income Tax department, claiming he had found them lying along with newspapers at his doorstep. While Swamy has said there were enough material before the court to allow his applications, the accused have urged the court to dismiss them. All the seven accused - the Gandhis, MotilalVora (AICC treasurer), Oscar Fernandes (AICC general secretary), SumanDubey, Sam Pitroda and YI - have denied the allegations levelled against them in the case. The court had summoned the accused persons, besides YI, on June 26, 2014. On December 19, 2015, it had granted bail to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Vora, Fernandes and Dubey, who had appeared before it pursuant to the summonses.