National Herald Case: Court adjourns matter for cross-examination of Swamy

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday adjourned hearing in the National Herald case to January 8, for cross-examination of complainant Subramanian Swamy.

The court also deferred the pronouncement of order on an application moved by Congress leader Motilal Vora, seeking directions to restrain Swamy from posting derogatory tweets regarding the case.

The court had set November 17 as the date for recording Swamy’s statement.

On October 20, the court had reserved its order on an application moved by Vora, who is one of the accused in the case and had moved the application on July 21.

In his petition, Vora said freedom of speech was not absolute, adding that Swamy should be restrained from posting anything on social media, in the interest of the administration of justice.

Swamy had also recorded a statement on August 25 before a Delhi court in connection with the case.

He had filed the case against Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi in 2012. While addressing the reporters here, Swamy had said that it is about time that the Congress leaders were brought to book.

The National Herald scam is an ongoing case filed by Swamy against Sonia, Rahul, their company and four other persons including Vora. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader alleges that both Sonia and Rahul grabbed land and grab on the pretext of printing National Herald in various parts of the country, a charge that the Congress party denies.

In his complaint, Swamy also claimed that the Congress party president and others committed fraud worth Rs 16 billion by acquiring a public limited company Associated Journals Limited (AJL), through their private company, Young Indian.

In his complaint, Swamy also claimed that, through this fraud, they had got the publication rights of the National Herald newspaper, besides real estate properties.