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Sonia-Rahul asked to appear before court

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have to appear in a Delhi court, possibly as early as tomorrow (Tuesday), to face allegations that they illegally acquired property worth crores belonging to the National Herald newspaper.

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the petition of the two top Congress leaders asking that a lower court summons to them be cancelled. reports NDTV.

‘We will move the Supreme Court tomorrow morning. It is a vacuous case,’ said Congress’ Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for the Gandhis.

The Congress legal team is working hard to stop the court appearance, which, leaders fear, will blunt the party’s attack on the opposition in the middle of the Parliament session.

The case is based on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s allegation of cheating and criminal breach of trust against senior Congress leaders including the Gandhis.

Mr Swamy alleges that the Congress leaders gave a 90 crore loan out of tax exempted money to National Herald and broke the law to acquire it for just 50 lakh rupees with the aim of grabbing its properties in Delhi worth thousands of crores.

The high court questioned why the party gave an interest free loan to National Herald and called it a case of siphoning of funds. To the Congress argument that Mr Swamy had no right to complain, the court said, ‘The freedom of a citizen to move against the corrupt can’t be restricted.’

Mr Swamy said, ‘It is an open and shut case.’

The newspaper set up in 1938 by Jawaharlal Nehru played a prominent role in promoting nationalist sentiment before India’s independence in 1947. The publication was dogged by bad management, poor circulation and falling revenue, and Sonia Gandhi decided to close it down in 2008.

The Congress Party maintains that they gave a loan of 90 crores to the paper because it was nationalistic and it suited the objectives of the party.

When the Gandhis had earlier received tax notices in the case, Sonia Gandhi had called it political witch-hunt.Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have to appear in a Delhi court, possibly as early as tomorrow (Tuesday), to face allegations that they illegally acquired property worth crores belonging to the National Herald newspaper.

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the petition of the two top Congress leaders asking that a lower court summons to them be cancelled. reports NDTV.

‘We will move the Supreme Court tomorrow morning. It is a vacuous case,’ said Congress’ Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for the Gandhis.

The Congress legal team is working hard to stop the court appearance, which, leaders fear, will blunt the party’s attack on the opposition in the middle of the Parliament session.

The case is based on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s allegation of cheating and criminal breach of trust against senior Congress leaders including the Gandhis.

Mr Swamy alleges that the Congress leaders gave a 90 crore loan out of tax exempted money to National Herald and broke the law to acquire it for just 50 lakh rupees with the aim of grabbing its properties in Delhi worth thousands of crores.

The high court questioned why the party gave an interest free loan to National Herald and called it a case of siphoning of funds. To the Congress argument that Mr Swamy had no right to complain, the court said, ‘The freedom of a citizen to move against the corrupt can’t be restricted.’

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