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National Herald case: Delhi court summons Sonia, Rahul as accused

Jun 26, 2014 02:40 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi have been summoned by a Delhi court on August 7 in the National Herald case. The court has found prima facie evidence against Sonia in the case and she has been summoned as accused after Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy has alleged that the Congress gave an unsecured loan to Sonia-owned Young Indian Ltd to acquire National Herald's holding company Associated Journals.

Swamy has alleged misappropriation of assets worth Rs 2000 crore of the National Herald newspaper.

The others summoned include Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandez, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda. The case pertains to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's petition against Sonia, Rahul and others over the acquisition of the National Herald publishing company by a company owned by them.

The judge in her order said, "From the complaint and evidence led so far it appears YI (Young Indian) was in fact created as a sham or a cloak to convert public money to personal use or as a special purpose vehicle for acquiring control over Rs 2000 crore worth of assets."

"There was a serious breach of trust. If proven guilty, she could be jailed for 7 years," Swamy said. "They will have to face trial. They have been summoned as accused. There is prima facie evidence against them," he added.

However, Congress sources say that they are looking at the option of moving the High Court against the lower court's order.