New Delhi: Ahead of the court hearing on 20 February, Congress’ Rahul and Sonia Gandhi have moved the Supreme Court against a High Court order issuing them a summons in the National Herald case.
The High Court order had dismissed the pleas of the Gandhis challenging the summons issued to them. The Congress has claimed ‘several legal deficiencies’ in the High Court.
The party has claimed that no one has ever complained of being cheated in the matter, and a person with no locus standi, Subramanian Swamy, is making the allegations. It contends that Subramanian Swamy, who filed the case, is just a front and and the real strings are being pulled from 7, RCR.
The National Herald was a newspaper that India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru helped set in pre-Independence India in the year 1938. It was part of a company called Associated Journals Limited (AJL), which was funded by the Congress. According to the Enforcement Directorate (ED), a private non-profit company ‘Young Indian’ was formed in March 2011, with Sonia and Rahul holding 38 percent of the shares each, allegedly with the specific aim of taking over the liabilities of AJL.
Swamy has accused Congress leaders of being involved in cheating through the acquisition of AJL by Young Indian Pvt Ltd. He alleged that YIL paid merely Rs 50 lakh to recover an amount of Rs 90.25 crore that AJL owed to the Congress.