Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has said that the National Herald case is another example of vilification of the Nehru-Gandhi family by the ruling party and accused the BJP of running a sustained campaign against the Nehruvian ideology.
“BJP, RSS combine have always considered Nehruvian Ideology and Nehru-Gandhi family as biggest threat to their growth. They have run a sustained campaign against them. National Herald is another example of their vilification campaign against them,” Singh said in a series of tweets on Friday.
BJP RSS combine have always considered Nehruvian Ideology and Nehru Gandhi Family as biggest threat to their growth.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) December 19, 2015
“People of this country would give them a fitting reply as they did earlier. Gandhi Nehruvian Ideology is ingrained in Indian Ethos,” he added.
People of this Country would give them a fitting reply as they did earlier. Gandhi Nehruvian Ideology is ingrained in Indian Ethos.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) December 19, 2015
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi have been summoned by the trial court on a private criminal complaint of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy ofcheating, criminal conspiracy, misappropriation of property and breach of trust on Saturday at 3pm. Swamy had filed the complaint in 2012.
Apart from Sonia Gandhi and Rahul, party treasurer Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey, and Sam Pitroda who have been charged in the case.
Swamy alleges that properties worth Rs 5,000 crore belonging to the now-defunct newspaper were usurped by the Gandhis through fraudulent papers. He accused the Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by first loaning the money to AJL and then assigning the debt to YIL for Rs 50 lakh. This implies that Congress has written off the remaining Rs 89.5 crore.
National Herald newspaper was started by former prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1938 during the freedom struggle. It originally served as a mouthpiece of the Congress. Over the decades circulation and finances dropped, before it finally closed in 2008 with a debt of Rs 90 crore.
In 2014, the trial court asked Sonia and Rahul to appear in the case. On December 7, 2015, the high court dismissed their appeal and asked questions about the legality of the unsecured loan. They were also directed to appear before the trial court.