National Herald case: Hearing adjourned till November 18

New Delhi: The National Herald matter, involving Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi, among others, filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, was on Saturday adjourned by the Patiala Court. The next hearing in the case will be held on November 18.

The matter was listed for filing of reply by accused person on Swamy’s application. The newspaper gained limelight after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader filed a case in 2012 against Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, party leaders Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda.

Earlier on July 1, Delhi court sought a reply from Sonia, Rahul and other party leaders on Swamy’s plea on which the Congress president and party vice-president filed their reply on July 22. Swamy, in his new application, sought documents from the Associated Journal Limited (AJL), including the copy of the ledger extract, bank statement filed with Registrar of Companies (ROC), minutes of the meeting in which the decision to convert the loan into share capital was taken, balance sheet, profit and loss account with Auditors Report in the year in which the loan was taken.

In the case drawn since 2012, Swamy’s application alleged that the Congress granted an interest-free loan of Rs. 90.25 crore to Associated Journals Limited (AJL), owner of the National Herald newspaper. He also alleged that Congress did bungling in the loan and it was not repaid. He also said that Sonia and Rahul were made directors of a company – Young Indian – in November 2010, which acquired almost all the shareholding of the AJL and all its properties, reportedly worth Rs. 5,000 crore.