On Saturday, a Delhi Court issued notices to Sonia Gandhi Congress chief, her son and vice president of Congress party Rahul Gandhi along with other accused in the National Herald case. They have been asked by the court to submit documents such as balance sheets. This order has come from BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramaniam Swamy asking for official documents.
Swamy took to twitter and tweeted that the court hearing will take place on the 4th of October and has asked the seven accused to respond to the notice within two weeks.
The court’s decision came in weeks after the Delhi High Court in July, who had set a trial court’s orders asking the Congress party to submit its balance sheet for 2010-11. The trial court had been seeking document from the ministries of finance and corporate affairs and other agencies.
Delhi High Court, however, had told Swamy that he should re-apply for the documents; the BJP leader tweeted after court orders.
Besides Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda, and a company – Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) – are also accused in the case, which was filed by Swamy in 2012. He alleged that Congress had misappropriated funds by incorporating YI for just Rs 50 lakh and using the company to recover a Rs 90.25 crore loan.
At the eye of the alleged scam are large land holdings by AJL, the parent company of National Herald, the newspaper that was granted the prime land in Delhi soon after Independence.