New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will appear in the trial court here on December 19 in connection with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s complaint in the National Herald case.
The Delhi High Court this month dismissed a plea of the Gandhis to quash the summons issued to them for personal appearance by a trial court in the case.
The Congress party has decided to turn the summons issued to the Gandhis into a massive vendetta victim push. Congress sources have told NewsX that the Gandhis are planning to hold a road-show on their way to court.
Both, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have been asked to appear at 3:00 PM at the Patiala House Complex in the heart of the capital.
The Congress on Thursday said its leaders and supporters have been directed not to throng Delhi on December 19.
“The Congress has made it clear to everybody that they should not come to Delhi on December 19 (Saturday),” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters here.
Azad’s remarks came amid speculation that the party may put up a show of strength on Saturday to express solidarity with its two top leaders.
Azad, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, indicated that the party will avail of all legal options, including bail, in the National Herald case.
“The Congress president and vice president have full faith in the judiciary and full faith in the law of the land. Whatever we shall have to do as per the law, we will do,” he said.
There were reports that the two Congress leaders may not seek bail, if asked by the court.
On June 26 last year, the trial court issued summons to the Congress leaders on Swamy’s complaint about “cheating” in the acquisition of Associated Journals Ltd., which published the National Herald newspaper, by Young India Ltd., “a firm in which Sonia and Rahul Gandhi each own a 38 percent stake”.
The Congress said no illegality was committed by the party leaders in the case. The party alleged political vendetta on part of the Centre and claimed that Swamy had been given the specific task of targeting the Congress.