Congress President Sonia Gandhi has confirmed that she will appear in court tomorrow, to face the allegations of financial irregularities, in the National Herald Case.
According to reports, the security measures have been beefed up at Patiala House District court ahead of appearance Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in connection with the case.
They would face the allegation that they illegally acquired property worth Rs. 5,000 crore belonging to the National Herald newspaper.
Including the Congress’ President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-president Rahul Gandhi, four other accused –Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, general secretary Oscar Fernandes, journalist Suman Dubey and technocrat Sam Pitroda were also named in the case.
The National Herald newspaper was founded in 1938 by first India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The paper’s editorial announced that it was temporarily suspending operations on April 1, 2008. Associated Journals Limited (AJL) was running the newspaper before its closure.
In 2002, BJP veteran leader Subramanian Swamy filed the case in a local court in 2012, following which the trial court then issued summons to the two Congress leaders and other accused in June 2014.
The party leaders had approached the Delhi High Court seeking a stay and in the latest development on Monday this week. The high court, however, refused to stay the summons and ordered all of the accused to appear for a hearing on December 19.