National Herald Case: ‘I leave it on you to judge’, says Sonia Gandhi on ‘political vendetta’

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi are likely to move the Supreme Court to avoid appearing in a lower court in the National Herald newspaper.


The Delhi High Court had on Monday rejected their pleas for quashing the summons against them in the National Herald case and made scathing observations on their “questionable conduct” regarding how they took control of the publication.

Asked if the case was political vendetta, Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president, said: “I leave it on you to judge.”

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi asserted that the National Herald Case has no base and the party would fight it within the confines of the law and exercise every remedy available to it.

“This has been filed directly by a BJP member, both the party he belongs to and himself have a long history of political and personal antagonism. We believe that the case has absolutely no legs to stand upon and we shall fight it within the confines of the law at every forum available to us and exercise every remedy available to us,” Singhvi told ANI.

Justice Sunil Gaur had on Monday turned down their plea for exemption from personal appearance in the case in the trial court on Tuesday.

Along with the Gandhis, five other accused–Suman Dubey, Moti Lal Vohra, Oscar Fernandez, Sam Pitroda and Young India Ltd–had challenged the summons issued to them by a trial court on a complaint by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy against them for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in taking control of the now-defunct daily.

The court had said that the Congress leaders need to explain what was the need to assign the “huge debt of Rs 90 crores” when this loan could have been repaid by AJL from its “sizeable assets” of Rs 2000 crore.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court to pre-empt any ex-parte order on appeals likely to be filed by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul.

with agencies