National Herald case: Sonia, Rahul to appear before court tomorrow

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi will appear before a court in Delhi on Saturday in connection with the National Herald case.

According to reports, the Congress is open to avail all legal remedies and options.

The mother-son duo was summoned by a trial court on the charges of cheating in the National Herald case, on a criminal complaint lodged by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring ownership of now-defunct daily National Herald.

The Congress president, meanwhile, confirmed that she would appear before the court.

Interacting with the media, she said, “Naturally”.

The National Herald newspaper was closely associated with India’s freedom struggle and the Indian National Congress till 2008. In January 2008, discussions about its closure began. On 1 April 2008, the paper’s editorial announced that it was temporarily suspending operations. Before its closure, the paper was being run by Associated Journals Limited (AJL).

The trial court then issued summons to the two leaders among others in June 2014, but they approached the Delhi High Court seeking a stay. On Monday this week, the high court refused to stay the summons, and asked all of the accused to appear for a hearing on December 19.