National Herald Case: Sonia Gandhi refuses to comment on applying bail

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi refused to comment on whether she would apply for bail on Saturday in the National Herald case or not. Both Sonia and her son Rahul Gandhi, who is also the Congress vice president, will be appearing in a Delhi’s Patiala House court in connection with the case.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramnian Swamy, who is leading the charge against the Gandhis, has already sharpened his attack on the Congress chief’s.

On the otherhand, Congress is planning a massive show of strength at around 1 PM before the case comes up for hearing. All Congress MPs have been asked to assemble at the Congress headquarters for the protest.

Sonia, Rahul and five other accused in the case had challenged the summons issued to them but were directed to appear in court on December 19.

The five other accused are Suman Dubey, Moti Lal Vohra, Oscar Fernandez, Sam Pitroda and Young India Ltd. All the accused had challenged the summons issued to them by a trial court on a complaint by Swamy against them for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in taking control of the now-defunct daily.

The summons were issued on a criminal complaint lodged by Swamy for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring ownership of now-defunct daily National Herald.

The Congress had allegedly loaned Rs 90.25 crore to Associated Journals Ltd. (AJL), publisher of National Herald, and on December 28, 2010 it had assigned this debt to Young Indian Ltd (YIL), the charitable company, for Rs 50 lakh, which, according to Swamy, amounted to breach of trust and cheating.

Wefornews Bureau

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