National Herald Case : Sonia, Rahul to appear in court today

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015,11:08 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to appear in the court by 3 pm today. Metro politan magistrate of the Patiala court will be taking the cognizant of the summons that have been issued against them . Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi and all other congress leaders, all of them have to be present in the court because under the criminial procedure court once the summons are being issued all the accused need to be peresent in the court. Tight security arrangements have been made ahead of their visit. Sixteen more CCTV cameras have been installed. Other than that Delhi police is also present infront of the Patiala court. Hearing will take place at the ground floor of the Patial Court, officials said.

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi could seek bail when they appear before a magistrate today in the National Herald case with the Congress today insisting that they were open to all legal remedies and options.¬†We are open to availing all legal remedies and options including bail said party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala ahead of the two top leaders appearing before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen in the Patiala House courts today.

The Congress President and Vice President have been summoned by the trial court on a private criminal complaint of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy of conspiracy, cheating, breach of trust and misappropriation of property .

Surjewala said the Congress leadership does not want the court process to be interfered with or influenced in any manner and so the party has asked workers not to come to the court. Party men claim that the Congress wants it to be a low key affair. AICC has dismissed reports that the Congress has called its state leaders to Delhi when the Gandhis will appear before the court

The party has been maintaining so far that a decision would be taken in accordance with what advice the lawyers will give. Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, who is representing the Gandhis, said Unnecessary hype over a routine procedure need not be created by the media. We are proceeding in every manner in accordance with law.

Singhvi, who is also party spokesman, said we have been scrupulously avoiding all hype or hoopla about this as fas as courts are concerned. Party General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed said the Congress would politically fight the Narendra Modi government on the issue as it was a vendetta.

Congress MPs have been asked to gather at the party headquarters on 19th of December ahead of the appearance of the Gandhis in the court as a measure of solidarity. The Modi government cannot suppress Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi or the Congress party from continuing to raise the voice of the people, Surjewala said adding the government was on a malicious witch hunt against all political opponents including the Congress leadership.