Court notice to Gandhis as Swamy seeks National Herald documents
Acting on a plea by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy seeking some documents, the Patiala House Sessions Court in Delhi on Saturday issued a notice to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.
The court sought them to file their response within two weeks’ time. The next hearing in the case is on October 5.
The BJP leader has submitted a plea seeking documents from the Congress and others involved in the case in the controversial National Herald case.
“There is no way I can be restricted from getting these copies (of document) again. I will file a complete application for summoning of documents. The order (of high court) does not say that these documents should be returned. The high court says I can move fresh application. I will move application for summoning of documents as permitted by the high court,” Swamy said in a statement.
Advocates R S Cheema and Rebecca John, who appeared for some of the accused, told the court that documents which were summoned earlier should be returned as the High Court has set aside the trial court’s January 11, 2016, and March 11, 2016, orders.
Cheema said that in pursuance to the trial court’s order, some documents were summoned and they were taken on record but now after the High Court’s order, these documents cannot be kept on record.
They also placed the copy of high court’s order before the court.
Swamy, instead, said that these documents should be kept in the court and he would file a fresh application soon.
Swamy has accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, party leaders Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey, Sam Pitroda and Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) of allegedly conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by just paying Rs 50 lakh by which YI obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which Associated Journals Pvt Ltd (AJL) owed to the Congress party.