Court issues notice to Sonia, Rahul in National Herald case

A Delhi court on Saturday issued notices to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and others accused in the National Herald case. The court asked the Congress and Associated Journals Limited (AJL) to submit documents such as balance sheets. The order came on a plea filed by BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy asking for the documents.
Swamy tweeted that the court has given the seven accused two weeks to respond to the notices. It will conduct a hearing on 4 October.
The court’s decision comes weeks after the Delhi High Court+ in July had set aside a trial court’s orders requiring the Congress Party to submit its balance sheet for 2010-11. The trial court had also sought documents from the ministries of finance and corporate affairs and other agencies. However the Delhi HC had told Subramanian Swamy+ he should re-apply for the documents, as he was entitled to, the BJP leader tweeted after the court’s order. In addition to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda, and a company – Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) – are also accused in the National Herald case, which was filed by Swamy in 2012. The BJP leader has alleged that they misappropriated funds by incorporating YI for just Rs 50 lakh, and using the company to recover a Rs 90.25 crore loan the Congress had made to AJL.
At the eye of the alleged scam are large land holdings by AJL, the parent company of National Herald, the newspaper that was granted the prime land in Delhi soon after Independence.

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