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National Herald case: Congress to move HC against summons to Sonia, Rahul

Jun 27, 2014 11:00 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Facing embarrassment in the National Herad case, the Congress is preparing for a legal fightback and will move the Delhi High Court to appeal against the summons issued to party President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi by a Delhi court. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi will represent the Gandhis in the court.

A Delhi court had on Thursday summoned the mother-son duo for August 7. 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 had accused Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and others of 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 the AJL had owed to the Congress party. He alleged that in the present scenario over Rs 2,000 crore worth of assets also got transferred to YI, whose 76 per cent of shareholding vests with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and the remaining shareholding of 24 per cent vests with the other accused.

"Complainant has established a prima facie case against the accused under section 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property, 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) read with section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC. Hence, let the accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Moti Lal Vohra, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda be summoned for August 7, 2014. Let the Young Indian be summoned through it's authorised representative for the same date," said Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha.

(With additional information from PTI)