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Sonia moves Delhi HC against summons

Soibam Rocky Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 30, 2014
First Published: 22:26 IST(30/7/2014) | Last Updated: 22:32 IST(30/7/2014)

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi moved the Delhi high court on Wednesday, seeking to quash a lower court order summoning her along with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and four others in a case relating to acquisition of the now-defunct National Herald newspaper and its assets.

In the petition, Gandhi sought to quash the proceeding initiated by the lower court on a complaint by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy alleging “cheating” in the acquisition of the Associated Journal Limited (AJL) by Young Indian (YI), a firm in which Sonia and Rahul Gandhi each own a 38% stake.

Gandhi said the “complaint was completely politically motivated, and intended to wreak vengeance and unleash political vendetta” against her and the Congress party. Moreover, the “complaint does not disclose the commission of any offence,” in the acquisition process, she said.

She also refuted allegation that YI’s acquisition of AJL led to its control and indirect ownership over its real estate worth thousands of crores of rupees.

“The properties owned by AJL in Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Panchkula, are under government leases, except for one property in Lucknow which is under a long term lease to a charitable eye hospital. The covenants of these properties specifically restrict the disposal of these properties,” Gandhi said.

The four others, who were summoned by the trial court on August 7, include AICC treasurer Moti Lal Vohra, Congress general secretary Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda — two directors of YI.

Vohra also filed a separate petition against the trial court order in the court.

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