Swamy, Rahul Gandhi accuse each other of delaying trial: Herald case

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and Congress president Rahul Gandhi today accused each other in a Delhi court of wasting its time and delaying the trial in the National Herald case.

Complainant Swamy and the accused, including Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi, traded charges before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal who was hearing arguments on applications moved by the BJP MP seeking certain documents from the Congress party.

Swamy has also filed certain documents in the case and sought a direction to the Gandhis to either admit or deny whether they were original.

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

“They (Gandhis) had submitted various documents in the Supreme Court. Now, I am asking them to confront the documents (in this court). The accused should stop wasting the court’s time and either admit or deny these documents,” Swamy said.

The advocates appearing for the Gandhis, however, told the court that Swamy was wasting its time and delaying the trial by filing “unauthenticated documents” in the case.

“The applications filed by the complainant are not proper. The documents which the complainant wants to be confronted are neither original, nor certified. The court cannot even look at them.

“Every time when the complainant has to step into the witness box, he files a new application. Further, he wants summoning of documents but where are the witnesses who will authenticate them? We will admit or deny the original documents, not the photocopies. All these documents have been moved with the purpose to delay the trial and they must be dismissed,” the defence counsel said.

Regarding Swamy’s submissions that he had found certain documents related to the Income Tax department, lying along with newspapers at his doorstep, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, appearing for some of the accused persons, quipped that it showed the breach in his security.

“This is the situation. He (Swamy) is a Z-plus security holder and nobody is able to protect his house. Anyone can come and throw something,” Gupta said.

Swamy has filed an application alleging that according to the documents found by him, the I-T department had launched a probe against the accused, also involving YI, after taking note of his complaint in the case. The Gandhis are major stakeholders in YI.

The court later posted the matter for further hearing on May 14.

All the seven accused – the Gandhis, Motilal Vora (AICC treasurer), Oscar Fernandes (AICC general secretary), Suman Dubey, Sam Pitroda and YI – have denied the allegations levelled against them in the case.

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

On December 19, 2015, it had granted bail to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Vora, Fernandes and Dubey, who had appeared before it pursuant to the summonses.

Pitroda was granted bail on February 20, 2016 when he had appeared in the court.

Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Vora, Fernandes, Dubey and Pitroda were summoned for the alleged offences of misappropriation of property, criminal breach of trust and cheating, read with criminal conspiracy of the Indian Penal Code.

National Herald case : Young Indian Pvt Ltd asked to deposit Rs 10 cr in IT case

The Delhi High Court today directed Young Indian Pvt Ltd, in which Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi are major stakeholders, to deposit Rs 10 crore in the Rs 249.15 crore income tax proceedings against it.

A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla directed the company — earlier summoned along with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi as an accused by a trial court in the National Herald misappropriation of assets case — to deposit half the amount with the Income Tax department before March 31 and the remaining by April 15.

The high court said subject to deposit of the amount, the tax authorities shall not enforce the demand of Rs 249.15 crore made on the company for the assessment year 2011-12.

The high court also sought the IT department’s response on the company’s plea challenging the demand and the proceedings emanating from it and listed the matter for further hearing on April 24.

The company had on March 14 moved the high court seeking a stay on the income tax proceedings against it.

YI, which was incorporated in November 2010 with a capital of Rs 50 lakh, had acquired almost all the shareholding of Associated Journal Ltd (AJL), the owner of the National Herald newspaper.

The IT department’s move followed its probe on a complaint alleging that the Gandhis had misappropriated AJL’s assets while transferring their shares to the newly formed Young Indian.

National Herald case: Delhi HC declines any relief to Young Indian

National Herald case: Delhi HC declines any relief to Young Indian
National Herald case: Delhi HC declines any relief to Young Indian

The Delhi High Court today declined to stay the income tax proceedings against Young Indian Pvt Ltd in the National Herald case, which involves, Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, and asked them to approach the tax authorities.

“We are not inclined to entertain your writ petition. It is better you withdraw it and approach the income tax assessing officer,” a bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Chander Shekhar said.

It also said that the company has not moved the assessing officer raising its grievances, so it should first approach the IT department and submit its documents.

In case it is still not satisfied, the company can move the court thereafter, the bench added.

Sensing the mood of the bench, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the firm, withdrew the petition which was allowed by the court that termed it “dismissed as withdrawn”.

Young Indian (YI) had approached the high court seeking a direction to stay the IT proceedings and quashing of re- assessment notices issued against it with regard to the National Herald misappropriation of assets case. The company was issued notices regarding the assessment year 2011-12.

The counsel for the Income Tax Department opposed the petition, saying the firm has not moved the assessing officer and hence its plea was not maintainable.

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, in a private criminal complaint, had accused the Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs 50 lakh, through which YI had obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which the Associate Journals Limited (AJL) owed to the Congress party.

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

The trial court had summoned them as accused persons, besides Young India on June 26, 2014.

On December 7, 2015 the high court had rejected their pleas for quashing the summons issued against them by the trial court in the case.

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

The Congress President and the Vice President, 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.

The IT department’s move to issue notices followed its probe on Swamy’s complaint alleging that the Gandhis had misappropriated AJL’s assets while transferring their shares to the newly formed Young India.

According to IT records, 83.3 per cent of Young Indian was held by Sonia and Rahul, 15.5 per cent by Vohra and the remaining 1.2 per cent by Fernandes.

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Herald case: Sonia, Rahul Gandhi oppose Swamy’s plea

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi today opposed as “vague and devoid of material particulars” BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking summoning of witnesses in the National Herald case.
The Gandhis, who are accused in the case along with some other Congress leaders, contended that Swamy’s plea was “in the nature of a fishing and roving enquiry which is not permissible in law”.

The submissions were made in the reply filed to Swamy’s list of witnesses and other evidence given to Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen in the case.

“The application preferred by the complainant (Swamy) is vague and devoid of material particulars and is in the nature of a fishing and roving enquiry which is not permissible in law.

“Swamy has proceeded to enlist the witnesses and enumerate a number of documents without divulging the dates or relevant period for most of the documents sought to be summoned through the said witnesses,” the written reply filed by the accused said.

The court, thereafter, listed the matter for further hearing on April 22 after Swamy sought time to go through the submissions made before arguments on the matter could begin.

The accused claimed, “Swamy, through this application, is seeking to summon witnesses and call for documents without divulging their necessity and desirability on the basis of the allegations made by him in the complaint.

“The persistent attempt on the part of the complainant to have access the documents is clearly an attempt to make out a new case which is impermissible in law,” they said.
Swamy, in his private criminal complaint, has accused the Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs 50 lakh through which Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which Associate Journals Limited (AJL) owed to the Congress.

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

The court had summoned the accused persons, besides 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 summons. Pitroda was granted bail on February 20, 2016 when he had appeared in the court.

Swamy files list of witnesses in National Herald case

Swamy files list of witnesses in National Herald case
Swamy files list of witnesses in National Herald case

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy today submitted a list of witnesses and other evidences before a Delhi court in the National Herald case filed by him against Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders.

The counsel for Swamy filed the documents before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen, who had on December 26 last year given him the last opportunity to submit the list.

After Swamy’s counsel, advocate Dilip Kumar, submitted the documents, the court asked him to supply the same to the accused, to which he agreed.

The list includes the name of eleven persons including All India Congress Committee’s General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi, several officials of Associated Journals Ltd and government officials.

The court has now put up the matter for March 25 for the next hearing.

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

In a relief to Sonia and Rahul, the court had earlier rejected “as fishing inquiry” a plea of Swamy seeking a direction to Congress party and Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) to produce certain records relating to the case.

The court had said that Swamy “seemed to enlarge the scope of present proceedings”.

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

The court had summoned the accused persons, besides 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 summons. 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 alleged offences under section 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) read with section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

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Chopper case: SC to hear plea against Sonia,Manmohan next week

Chopper case: SC to hear plea against Sonia,Manmohan next week
Chopper case: SC to hear plea against Sonia,Manmohan next week

The Supreme Court today said it will hear next week a PIL seeking registration of an FIR against political leaders, including Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in connection with AgustaWestland Chopper case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and justices R Banumathi and U U Lalit ordered listing of the PIL when advocate M L Sharma said that it is an urgent matter which should be heard at the earliest.

CBI had in 2013 registered a case in connection with alleged bribes paid by the firm to Indians to clinch the deal for 12 helicopters to ferry VVIPs including the President and Prime Minister.

An Italian court has reportedly cited handwritten references to Gandhi, her political secretary Ahmed Patel and former Air Chief S P Tyagi by a middleman in a judgement that convicted the helicopter company’s chief executive.

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Herald case: Cong says Swamy has to satisfy court

Herald case: Cong says Swamy has to satisfy court
Herald case: Cong says Swamy has to satisfy court

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and other accused in the National Herald case today told a Delhi court that BJP leader Subramanian Swamy should first satisfy it about the relevance of documents which were ordered to be summoned from various ministries in the matter.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Gandhis, told Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen that complainant Swamy will have to show as to how these documents summoned by the court on January 11 were relevant to the case.

Sibal told the court that the order has been challenged before the high court by Motilal Vora, an accused in the case, and the high court has issued a notice to Swamy on the plea.

The lawyers representing the accused also told the court that these documents should be kept in a sealed cover till the issue is decided by the high court. Opposing the contentions, Swamy told the court that the documents, which were placed before the magistrate today, were related to Associated Journal Ltd (AJL) and they were required for the case. During the hearing, in which media was not allowed, Swamy argued that although the high court has issued a notice on Vora’s plea it had not stayed the order summoning documents from these ministries.

The magistrate, after hearing the submissions, reserved his order on the plea moved by the accused persons for 4 pm today. The court granted bail to co-accused Sam Pitroda, who appeared before it today, on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety of the like amount. The Gandhis and other three accused — Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey — were today granted exemption from personal appearance by the court as per the Supreme Court’s February 12 order. The magistrate has now fixed the matter for March 21 considering that the petition filed before the high court is likely to be heard on March 15.

The court had on January 11 allowed Swamy’s plea seeking summoning of documents from the Ministries of Finance, Urban Development and Corporate Affairs, Income Tax Department and other agencies in the case. The court had on December 19, 2015, granted bail to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey, who had appeared before pursuant to the summons issued earlier.

The case is based on a private criminal complaint lodged by Swamy against them of cheating, conspiracy and criminal breach of trust. The Supreme Court had last week granted exemption to Sonia Gandhi from personal appearance in the trial court and also expunged some observations of the high court but refused to interfere with criminal proceedings before the lower court.

The apex court, while allowing the plea of Gandhis, had also said it would be open to the magistrate at any stage to seek their personal appearance, as and when required. Sonia, Rahul, Vora (AICC Treasurer), Fernandes (AICC General Secretary), Dubey and Pitroda were summoned under sections 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) read with section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

The trial court had on June 26, 2014 asked them to appear before it on August 7, 2014 but the order was stayed on August 6, 2014 by the Delhi High Court which on December 7, last year vacated the stay by rejecting the plea to quash the complaint and the summons. On December 15, 2014, the high court had further stayed the summons till final disposal of the petitions. Along with the Gandhis, five other accused — Suman Dubey, Moti Lal Vora, Oscar Fernandez, Sam Pitroda and Young India Ltd — had challenged the summons issued to them by trial court on Swamy’s complaint.

Ex-PM, Sonia, Rahul came under court scanner in ’15

Ex-PM, Sonia, Rahul came under court scanner in '15
Ex-PM, Sonia, Rahul came under court scanner in ’15

Cases related to the high and mighty including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dominated proceedings in 2015 in Delhi courts with Congress chief Sonia Gandhiand her son Rahul also appearing as accused in the National Herald case.

Though Singh got relief from the Supreme Court which on April 1 stayed the March 11 order of special CBI court summoning him to appear as accused in a coal block allocation scam case, Congress supremo and her son appeared in the Patiala House courts after failing to get relief from the Delhi High Court.

However, the two leaders along with others, got regular bail on December 19 in the case in which they are accused of misappropriating funds to the tune of Rs 90.25 crore as the party utilised the occasion to the hilt by turning it into a show of strength and all legal eagles of Congress appearing for them.

Apart from the mother-son duo, Congress leaders Moti Lal Vora, Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey also had to appear as accused in the court. The sixth accused, Sam Pitroda, was granted exemption from personal appearance and was directed to appear in court on the next hearing on February 20 along with others.

Similar was the scene two days later on December 21 when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley came to Patiala House Courts along with several union ministers and BJP leaders to file a criminal defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) leaders for allegedly making defamatory statements against him regarding the affairs of Delhi’s cricket body DDCA.

The ghost of coalgate kept haunting Manmohan Singh as demands were regularly raised either to summon him as accused or witness in one or the other case arising out of it and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, an accused in one of the cases, unsuccessfully made an attempt in this regard.

The year saw many politicians including former MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal, former ministers of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao and Santosh Bagrodia, and Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda facing the heat in coal scam cases.

The proceedings in the Aircel-Maxis deal case involving former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and others moved at a snail’s pace in the special court with CBI still entangling in the process of executing summons issued against four accused based in Malaysia.
The long arm of the law and tough stand of judiciary on

corruption cases were manifested when the court awarded four- and-a half-year jail term to Congress leader and former Union minister P K Thungon, who was also a former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, along with others in a 17-year-old case.

Jagdish Tytler and former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss were at the receiving end with courts framing charges against the Congress leader in an alleged cheating case while the PMK leader was ordered to be put on trial in two graft cases.

Tytler’s name again came to fore when CBI was directed to conduct further probe in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against him with the court observing that statement of arms dealer Abhishek Verma discloses an active role played by the Congress leader in extending “helping hand” to a witness against him.

The year saw first conviction in a 2010 Commonwealth Games related graft case in which six persons were awarded varying jail terms.

The court also delivered verdict in CBI’s 1987 Hashimpura massacre case, in which 42 Muslims were gunned down after they were picked up from a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district, in which 16 accused Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel were acquitted.

The courts also heard criminal cases filed against various politicians, including Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Union minister V K Singh, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, and former Delhi Law Ministers Jitender Singh Tomar and Somnath Bharti, during the year.

Elite probe agencies like CBI and Delhi Police’s Special Cell had to bite the dust in the additional 2G spectrum case and the sensational IPL spot-fixing case with the courts discharging all the accused listed in charge sheets in both the cases.

CBI had to face intense criticism when a special court not only discharged all the accused in the 2002 additional spectrum allocation scam case but also observed that its charge sheet was “full of distorted and fabricated facts”.

The court also directed CBI director to conduct an inquiry against the erring officials in the case.

CBI was again on the backfoot when the court exclusively dealing with all the coal scam cases repeatedly pulled it up for lacunae in its investigation.

The much-anticipated 2013 IPL-6 spot-fixing case, which had created an uproar in the cricketing world, fell flat in the court when all the accused including India’s Test discard S Sreesanth and two suspended cricketers Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were discharged.
Acting tough on crime against women, a local court brought

the curtains down in the Uber cab rape case and awarded jail term to driver Shiv Kumar Yadav for reminder of his life.

During the year, a court also passed its judgement in a separate robbery case in which the four death row convicts of the sensational December 16 gangrape and murder case were awarded 10-year jail term.

Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda, who was a prized catch for the agencies, had the last laugh in three separate cases lodged against him when Special Cell of Delhi Police could not produce prima facie sufficient evidence against him which led to his discharge in these matters.

Besides mighty politicians, the noose was tightened in alleged black money and tax evasion cases with the names of businessman Moin Qureshi, his wife and various others like Sahara Chief Subrata Roy and Kalanithi Maran, surfacing in courts this year.

The court also heard cases involving alleged terrorists and gangsters including underworld don Chhota Rajan, who was deported from Indonesia after being arrested in Bali.

Cases of crime against women involving some high profile accused, including former TERI Director General R K Pachauri, kept the courts busy in the national capital.

While court dealt with a case in which Pachauri is facing alleged charges of sexual harassment, it also conducted trial proceedings in an alleged rape case in which Mahmood Farooqui, co-director of Bollywood movie “Peepli Live”, is accused of raping an American research scholar at his residence here.

The court also dealt with a case pertaining to mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar when it allowed the Delhi Police to conduct lie detector test on three persons, two of whom were employed by her husband and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.

The corporate espionage case in which sensitive documents were allegedly recovered from various persons, including some employees of corporate houses and public servants, too kept the court busy this year when the police filed charge sheet against 16 accused in two separate cases.

Besides these cases, courts also dealt with terror-related matters including the one involving Pakistani terrorist Mohd Naved Yakub, who was captured by villagers after the Udhampur terror attack that had left two BSF personnel dead.

During the year, the NIA told the court that Maharashtra government apprehends that suspected top LeT men Abu Jundal, an alleged mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, could be killed or kidnapped by rivals during his transit from jail to court.

Former SIMI chief Shahid Badr Falahi and underworld don Babloo Srivastava were acquitted by the courts this year in the cases lodged against them.

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Sonia, Rahul get bail in Herald case

Sonia, Rahul get bail in Herald case
Sonia, Rahul get bail in Herald case

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.

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Herald case:Court to hear matter against Sonia, Rahul on Dec 9

sonia-rahulA Delhi court on Thursday fixed December 9 for hearing the complaint case, in which it had issued summons against Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others, on the issue of acquisition of National Herald daily.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha postponed the matter after the counsel appearing for Sonia Gandhi and others informed the court that Delhi High Court had stayed the criminal proceedings pending before the trial court till September 3.

The complaint case in the matter was filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

During the hearing, Swamy informed the court that he had served the summon issued against accused Sam Pitroda, who according to him is presently residing in the USA.

He also told the court that the high court had stayed the proceedings before the trial court for other accused and not for Pitroda.

“The stay is for other accused and not for Pitroda. I have served the summon to him,” he told the court.

Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, who appeared for Sonia, Rahul and others, countered Swamy’s submissions saying the summon has to be served through the Ministry of Home Affairs.

During the hearing, the court asked Swamy, “Is there any other way to serve the summon?”.

It, however, said that it will hear the arguments on this aspect on the next date of hearing.

Swamy had earlier requested the court to hand over the summons issued against Pitroda to him so that he could serve it on him.

In a reprieve for Sonia, Rahul and others, the high court had earlier stayed the criminal proceedings pending before the trial court against them.

The Congress leaders have challenged the lower court’s summoning orders against them on a complaint of Swamy alleging cheating and misappropriation of funds in the acquisition of the daily by Young Indian(YI).

The stay from the high court had come as a relief to Sonia, Rahul and others including Congress treasurer Moti Lal Vora, General Secretary Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey who were summoned as accused by the trial court.

Pitroda is the only accused who, so far, has not moved the high court.

While summoning the accused in the case, the trial court had held that Swamy has established a prima facie case of cheating, misappropriation of funds and criminal breach of trust against them.

Swamy had accused Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs 50 lakh by which YI obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which the Associated Journals Limited had owed to the Congress party.

The accused persons were summoned under sections 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property, 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) read with section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

(Source: PTI)