In a rare coincidence, a Delhi court on Thursday issued summons to Congress President Sonia Gandhi to appear in the court on December 9, which is going to be her 68th birthday, over the National Herald acquisition case filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.
Delhi Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha on Thursday postponed the next hearing after Sonia Gandhi’s counsel informed the court that Delhi High Court had stayed the proceedings pending before the trial court till September 3. Delhi court agreed to hear the matter against Sonia, Rahul on December 9, which is a reprieve for Sonia but the next hearing day happens to be her 68th birthday.
In a reprieve for Sonia, Rahul and others, the high court had earlier stayed the criminal proceedings pending before the trial court against them. Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, who appeared for Sonia, countered Swamy’s submissions on the summon to Sam Pitroda in the case has to be served through the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The court said that it will hear the arguments on Sam Pitroda in its neaxt hearing, which is December 9. Subramaniam Swamy has alleged a case of cheating and misappropriation of funds in the acquisition of the daily National Herald by Young Indian (YI).
The National Herald was established in 1938 by Jawaharlal Nehru and ceased operations in 2008.In Nov. 2012, BJP leader Swamy moved a Delhi court alleging fraud and land grabbing by Young India by acquiring a public limited company Associated Journals Private Ltd(AJPL) through their private company, Young Indian.
Prior to it, in February 2011 AJPL got a loan of Rs. 90 crore million from the All India Congress Committee at zero interest, which the party said was for revival of the newspaper and not for commercial interests.
The hearing of the case had been taken up and the Enforcement Directorate has initiated probe over money laundering angle. However, the Delhi High Court has stayed criminal proceedings against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and others till 3 September, 2014. The trial court on Thursday postponed it to December 9.