National Herald case: SC exempts Sonia Gandhi, Rahul from personal appearance for Patiala House court hearing

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Supreme Court has expunged all the firm findings and observations made against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and others by the Delhi High Court while asking them to appear as accused in the case.

The court has granted exemption to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi from personal appearance for hearing in Patiala House court on February 20. The Supreme court has refused to stay trial court proceedings against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi at the court. It also said that the proceedings before trial court will continue and that all the accused can raise their opposition during framing of charges.

The apex court has also left it open for the trial court judge to seek personal appearance of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi if he thinks it appropriate at any stage.

The Supreme Court was hearing the pleas of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and part vice president Rahul Gandhi against the Delhi High Court verdict refusing to quash summons issued to them in the National Herald case.

Subramanian Swamy who had filed the complaint said, “This is not a relief for the Gandhis; Personal appearance is also on certain condition.”

The matter was listed before a bench of Justices JS Khehar and C Nagappan. JS Khehar and C Nagappan.

Earlier, a bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice R Banumathi had assured senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the Gandhi family, saying they will look into it for giving an urgent hearing.TS Thakur and Justice R Banumathi had assured senior advocate Kapial Sibal, representing the Gandhi family, saying they will look into it for giving an urgent hearing.

Sibal said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy, who has filed the criminal complaint against the UPA Chairperson and five others, had earlier agreed to 12th February and now he was saying he is not available till 19th of this month.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy, who has filed the criminal complaint against the UPA Chairperson and five others, had earlier agreed to 12th February and now he was saying he is not available till 19th of this month.

A magistrate court had fixed 20th February for their appearance in the court.

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