The notice was issued on a plea by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy seeking to lead evidence in the matter before the trial court.
On Monday, the Delhi High Court sought the response of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and other accused in the National Herald case. The notice was issued on a plea by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy seeking to lead evidence in the matter before the trial court.
Justice Suresh Kait issued notice to the Gandhis, AICC general secretary Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey, Sam Pitroda and Young India (YI). The judge sought their stand on Swamy’s plea by April 12.
Advocate Satya Sabharwal appeared for the BJP MP while advocate Tarannum Cheema appeared for the Gandhis. They both confirmed that the high court has issued notice in the matter and stayed the trial court proceedings till April 12.
In a private criminal complaint in the trial court, Mr Swamy had accused the Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying only Rs 50 lakh, through which Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore that Associate Journals Ltd, owner of National Herald, owed to the Congress.
All the seven accused – the Gandhis, AICC treasurer Motilal Vora, AICC general secretary Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey, Sam Pitroda and YI – have earlier denied the allegations.
Proceedings against Vora were stopped after his demise.