Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is set to adopt aggressive strategy by preferring jail in the National Herald case as he will not opt for bail or even sign a personal bond when he appears before a magistrate on December 19 .
With Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s permission Rahul is willing to go to jail like his grandmother Indira Gandhi did in 1977.
Rahul’s strategy will work in two ways : One Congres party will be revived and the other should know the realities of the complex National Herald case . Moreover , Rahul believes the Narendra Modi government “plotted” his current legal predicament.
Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Mr. Gandhi, have been summoned by a Delhi court on December 19 on a complaint by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy against them for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in taking control of the now-defunct National Herald newspaper.
Gandhi alleged that the National Herald case is “hundred per cent political vendetta coming out of PMO”, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said Mr. Gandhi “did not have enough courage” to speak in Parliament on the issue.
The National Herald was established in 1938 by Jawaharlal Nehru. While the paper suffered from financial troubles from the outset and was shut down briefly in the 1940s and 1970s, it finally ceased operations in 2008.
Dr. Swamy alleged that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had floated a Section 25 company called ‘Young Indian’, which acquired Associated Journals, founded by late Jawaharlal Nehru, that published the National Herald and Quami Awaz.
The Delhi High Court’s scathing observation in the National Herald case that the conduct of Congress office-bearers “smacks of criminality”.Dr. Swamy claimed it was illegal for Congress party, to give loans for commercial purposes. Young Indian wrote off the loans due to Congress for a mere Rs 50 lakh and by a board resolution.