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National Herald case: Sonia Gandhi says summons ‘illegal’

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said in Delhi high court that the summons issued against her, Rahul Gandhi and five others in the National Herald case were “illegal”, claiming no one was cheated in the acquisition process.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2015 01:02 IST
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said in Delhi high court that the summons issued against her, Rahul Gandhi and five others in the National Herald case were “illegal”, claiming no one was cheated in the acquisition process.

Justice Sunil Gaur was told by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who represented the Congress chief, that not a single person was cheated during the acquisition of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the publisher of the now defunct National Herald newspaper, by the Young Indian Private Ltd (YIL).

“There was no criminal breach of trust and no criminal conspiracy and neither any cheating took place and it is a simple company matter where YIL has taken over the AJL,” the counsel claimed and asked how was “the complainant, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, affected by this private transaction”.

Sibal also said that the trial court order summoning Gandhi was “full of illegality”.

Besides Sonia and Rahul, Congress treasurer Moti Lal Vora, General Secretary Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey had moved the High Court on July 30, 2014 against the trial court order summoning them in the case.