National Herald case: Patiala House Court seeks reply from Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi on Subramanian Swamy's plea

01 July 2017, 09:57 PM
National Herald case
National Herald case

Delhi's Patiala court has sought reply from Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi & others on Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking certain documents from AJL & Congress regarding the National Herald case.

Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen gave time till July 22 tothem after their counsel submitted that they have not receiveda copy of the application of Swamy, who has filed a private criminal complaint. The court considered the plea of the Congress leaders anddirected 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.

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The Gandhis and the other accused -- AICC members MotilalVora 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 copyof 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 theminutes 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 summons.

Pitroda was granted bail on February20, 2016 when he had appeared in the court. Sonia, Rahul, Vora (AICC treasurer), Fernandes (AICCgeneral secretary), Dubey and Pitroda were summoned for thealleged offences of dishonest misappropriation of property,criminal breach of trust and cheating, read with criminalconspiracy of the IPC. PTI UK SJKSC07011747

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First Published: Saturday, July 01, 2017 03:40 PM
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