Stating that “at this stage, without evidence, charges cannot be serious in magnitude”, the Delhi trial court has granted bail to the Congress president Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and three other accused, AICC treasurer Motilal Vohra, Congress general secretary Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey, who appeared before it in the National Herald case.
“Accused are reputed persons having deep roots in the society and… can be granted bail”, said the Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen, while granting bail on a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 and a surety each of the accused.
The current court’s proceedings came after the Delhi High Court rejected the Gandhis’ plea challenging the trial court summons issued against them in the case. The trial court had summoned them while taking cognizance of the criminal complaint filed by Dr. Swamy. Speaking to reporters after the proceedings, complainant and BJP leader said, “I will win this case in 2016. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others will be sent to prison. It is an open-and-shut case based on documents and not witnesses”.
The opposition party, Congress has accused the BJP-led NDA government of conducting a “political vendetta” and unfairly targeting its leaders by using “proxy litigation” in the case to divert people’s attention from “failures” in its governance. “The Truth will come forward”, said Mrs. Sonia Gandhi after getting the bail.
The National Herald scam is an ongoing case in a Delhi court filed by the Indian economist and ruling BJP politician Dr. Subramanian Swamy against the Congress president Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and three other accused, AICC treasurer Motilal Vohra, Congress general secretary Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey, and Tech guru Sam Pitroda and their companies, of “fraudulently” acquiring the Associated Journals Ltd. (AJL), publisher of the now-defunct daily, National Herald, and transferring its assets worth crores of rupees to another company, the Young Indian.