Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul today sought and got bail in the National Herald case after a local court rejected complainant Subramanian Swamy”s opposition to the relief for them on the ground they are influential and can flee the country. Amidst media hype and hoopla and tight security, Sonia and Rahul and three other accused Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey appeared before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen in the Patiala House courts complex in the heart of the capital in pursuance of the summons issued to them on Dec 8.
While former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh filed the bail bond on behalf of Sonia, her daughter Priyanka Vadra did the same for brother Rahul. The heavily secure Patiala House court saw virtually the entire Congress leadership attending the proceedings in solidarity.
The court will next hear the case on February 20.
Making a huge political statement, both Sonia and Rahul got down from their cars and walked to the court, creating a flutter among the hundreds of security personnel deployed. Hundreds of Congress workers raised slogans against the BJP and the government as they walked inside.
The relief to the top Congress leadership came at the end of a feverish Saturday, which saw the party and the BJP trade charges against each other. While the Congress alleged “vendetta” and called complainant Subramanian Swamy Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “mask”, Swamy dismissed the attack as another Congress “drama”.
In 2012, Swamy had filed the case accusing Sonia, Rahul and the others – Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda – of cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring the ownership of now-defunct daily, National Herald.
( Source – PTI )