National Herald Case: Hearing Adjourned Till 8 April

Delhi court has asked the Congress to give its balance sheets for 2010-2011 and adjourned the case till 8 April.

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A Delhi court on Monday directed the Congress party to submit its balance sheet for the year 2010-2011 in compliance with its order in the National Herald case in which Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and five others are accused. The court’s direction came after the counsel appearing for the Indian National Congress (INC) informed the court that the party needed time to follow the 11 March order by which date the documents were sought.

Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen, after hearing the submissions, postponed the hearing to 8 April. The counsel, Badar Mahmood, said the court summons were received only on 19 March and added that there was a lack of clarity about the year to which the documents pertained to. “Summons were not clear as to whether it was for 2010, 2011 or for both,” the counsel said.


A Congress office peon, who appeared in the court, also said that no office-bearer of the party office was present on Saturday to give the documents. In its 11 March order, the court had also summoned the balance sheet of 2010-2011 of Associated Journals Pvt Ltd (AJL), observing that these documents of INC and AJL could not be referred to as the “personal documents” of the accused. The counsel appearing for AJL, today submitted before the court that the documents summoned by the court are already in the court.

Swamy had accused Sonia, Rahul and others of allegedly conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by just paying Rs 50 lakh by which Young India obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which the AJL had owed to the Congress party.

In his present plea, Swamy had sought the summoning of the balance sheet, receipts, payments accounts, income and expenditure statements for the year 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 of INC and AJL.

On Swamy’s plea, the court had on 26 June 2014, summoned Sonia Gandhi, Rahul, Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda as accused in the case besides Young India. The court had on December 19, 2015, granted bail to Sonia, Rahul, Vora, Fernandes and Dubey, who had appeared before it pursuant to the summons issued earlier. Pitroda was granted bail on 20 February when he had appeared in the court.

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