National Herald Case: SC exempts Gandhis from personal appearance

| Friday, February 12, 2016 - 13:58
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Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to put on hold criminal proceedings against Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and others in the National Herald case but expunged all adverse observations, inferences and conclusions by the high court.
The apex court bench comprising Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice C. Nagappan also exempted the Gandhis and others from personal appearances, noting their presence in the trial court would cause more inconvenience, than convenience.
However, the court said the trial court was free to secure their presence as and when needed. 
In yet another relief to the Gandhis, the court permitted them to raise all the issues, including the locus of Subramanian Swamy, who has initiated the criminal proceedings in the Herald case.
Recently, Maharashtra government’s report appointed by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to investigate the misuse of land which was allotted to Associate Journals Limited (AJL) was accessed by NewsX. The 20-page report held the company responsible for using the land for commercial purposes which was actually allotted for building a research centre.
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