Herald case: Court asks Sonia, Rahul to reply on Swamy’s plea

A Delhi court today granted three weeks’ time to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, its vice president Rahul Gandhi and four others to respond on a plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking certain documents from the party in the National Herald case.

Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen gave time till July 22 to them after their counsel submitted that they have not received a copy of the application of Swamy, who has filed a private criminal complaint.

The court considered the plea of the Congress leaders and directed Swamy to hand them over a copy of the application.

Swamy, in his complaint, has accused the Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs 50 lakh through which the Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore that the Associate Journals Limited (AJL) owed to the Congress.

The Gandhis and the other accused — AICC members Motilal Vora and Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda — have denied the allegations levelled against them.

Swamy has sought documents from the AJL including a copy of the bank statement filed with the registrar of companies (ROC), the minutes of the meeting in which decision to convert the loan into share capital was taken, the balance sheet, the profit and loss account with the auditor’s report in the year in which the loan was granted.

The documents sought from the Congress party include the minutes of the meeting of the Congress Working Committee authorising the loan waiver from the AJL to the YI and a copy of the loan agreement between the Congress and the AJL.

The court had summoned the accused persons, besides the YI on June 26, 2014.

On December 19, 2015, it had granted bail to Sonia, Rahul, Vora, Fernandes and Dubey, who had appeared before it pursuant to summonses. Pitroda was granted bail on February 20, 2016 when he had appeared in the court.

Sonia, Rahul, Vora (AICC treasurer), Fernandes (AICC general secretary), Dubey and Pitroda were summoned for the alleged offences of dishonest misappropriation of property, criminal breach of trust and cheating, read with criminal conspiracy of the IPC.

Complaint filed against Choubey

Complaint filed against Choubey
Complaint filed against Choubey

A complaint was today filed against BJP MP Ashwini Choubey in a Darbhanga court for his controversial remarks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi even as angry Congress workers staged a dharna outside the MP’s hotel in his Buxar constituency seeking a written apology.

Darbhanga district Congress leader Ramnarain Jha filed a complaint against Choubey in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate G K Shrivastava for “filthy” comments against the AICC president and vice president.

Addressing a BJP workers’ meeting at Rajauli in Nawada district on Thursday night, Choubey had described Sonia as the demonic mythical character ‘Putana’ and referred to Rahul as a parrot.

Jha said he was hurt after seeing insulting comments on Sonia and Rahul in the print media and TV channels.

His lawyer Pawan Chaudhary said they have urged the court to direct registration of case against Choubey under IPC sections 153-B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 500 (punishment for defamation) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace).

He said the CJM has admitted the complaint and transferred the matter to First Class Judicial Magistrate court which will hear it on June 30.

A large number of Youth Congress workers held a dharna outside a hotel in Buxar where Choubey is staying.

Led by Buxar Youth Congress president Satyendra Ojha protesters have been sitting on dharna outside the hotel and raising slogans against Choubey and BJP since morning, a Buxar report said.

Buxar Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) Gautam Kumar and Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sunil Kumar are on the spot and are trying to convince the protesters to end the stir.

State Youth Congress president Kumar Ashish told PTI in Patna that agitation would continue till the MP tenders a written apology for “demeaning” remarks on Sonia and Rahul.

Bhiwandi court summons Rahul Gandhi over RSS defamation charge

Rahul GandhiA magisterial court in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra’s Thane district today ordered issuing summons to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi asking him to appear before it on October 7 in connection with his allegedly defamatory speech against RSS made during Lok Sabha elections.

The court’s directive came on a case filed by secretary of Bhiwandi unit of RSS Rajesh Kunte, who claimed the Congress leader had “distorted history” and “defamed” the organisation by alleging that “RSS people had killed Mahatma Gandhi”, Kunte’s lawyer Ganesh Dharghalkar said.

Dharghalkar said that after hearing him and perusing the police report, the Magistrate held that a prima facie case was made out against Rahul Gandhi and ordered issue of process against Rahul Gandhi.

Judicial Magistrate First Class (JFMC) S V Swamy ordered summons to be issued against Rahul under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code (defamation) for allegedly accusing RSS of killing Mahatma Gandhi, while addressing an election rally at Sonale village on March 6.

(Source: PTI)

Hazare grateful to Rahul for Lokpal bill ‘commitment’

aaFasting social crusader Anna Hazare expressed his gratefulness to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for the passage of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill, 2013 in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday evening.
He thanked Gandhi for showing “commitment” which ensured the passage of the bill, but demanded the recommendations of the select committee be included in the proposed legislation. “The country awaits a strong Lokpal. I welcome your commitment to get the bill passed in parliament.
Please ensure the points approved by the select committee are also incorporated in the bill,” Hazare had said in a letter to Gandhi and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley Dec 15 on the urgency for clearing the bill. The contents of the letter were released to the media Tuesday amidst celebrations as the Rajya Sabha passed the much-debated bill.
Earlier Tuesday, his aide Suresh Pathare said Hazare, 76, felt “extremely weak” as he has lost 4.7 kg with the creatinine level crossing the normal values and measured at four-plus and the blood pressure at 142/82. Reiterating what he said when starting the fast Dec 10, Hazare said he would call off his indefinite hunger strike once the Lok Sabha passes the anti-corruption legislation and expressed confidence that all parties, including the Samajwadi Party, would support it.
Nevertheless, as a precautionary measure, the Maharashtra government has converted one chamber inside the Yadavbaba temple into a full-fledged intensive care unit as Hazare’s fast completed eight days Tuesday. Hazare is on fast near the Yadavbaba temple in his village Ralegan Siddhi.
However, Pathare said as of now, there is no proposal to shift him to the makeshift ICU, though the medical team is on alert to tackle any eventuality. Meanwhile, thousands of people continued to arrive from Maharashtra, Karnataka and other parts of the country in Ralegan Siddhi to express solidarity with Hazare.

(Source: IANS)