Last Update: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi were granted bail after minutes of the beginning of the hearing in the National Herald case on Saturday. The bail was granted on Rs 50,000 personal bond and one surety each. The next hearing in the case will take place on 8 February at 2 pm. The Gandhis will address the media shortly. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took surety for Rahul Gandhi and AK Antony took surety for Sonia Gandhi.

03: 25 PM Update: The Patiala House Court on Saturday granted unconditional bail to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case. The court granted bail on Rs 50,000 personal bond and one surety each. The next hearing in the case will take place on 8 February at 2 pm. The Gandhis will address the media shortly. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took surety for Rahul Gandhi and AK Antony took surety for Sonia Gandhi.

03: 05 PM Update: Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have been granted bail by Patiala House court in the National Herald case. Next hearing will take place on 20 February at 2 pm.

 

 

03: 02 PM Update: Subramanian Swamy demanded bailable warrant against Sam Pitroda for non appearance and also opposed bail for Sonia and Rahul.

03: 02 PM Update: Congress leader and eminent lawyer Kapil Sibal starts argument representing Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders. 

03: 00 PM Update: The crucial hearing of National Herald case has begun inside Patiala House Court. The court room is jam-packed with Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi along with senior Congress leaders present inside the court room.

 

02: 48 PM Update: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi arrive at Patiala House court.

 

02: 45 PM Update: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her daughter along with Manmohan Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad and other senior Congress leaders have arrived at Patiala House Court. Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi are present inside the court room.

 

02: 20 PM Update: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi will appear in Patiala House court shortly. Subramanian Swamy and his wife Roxna Swamy have reached Patiala House Court Patiala House Court.

 

01: 45 PM Update: With Centre allotting government accommodation to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who has been in the eye of the storm for his petition in the National Herald case, the Congress Party on Saturday dubbed him as the BJP and NDA’s well-paid contractual litigant. “Those who want to destroy the legacy of Nehru have hired a supaaribaaz’ litigious,” Congress leader Raj Babbar told ANI.

01: 15 PM Update: Congress went all guns blazing against BJP and Subramaniam Swamy ahead of the appearance of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the BJP government gifted government accommodation and Z+ security in reward for bringing Congress leadership in court.

 

 

01: 00 PM Update: Congress party workers staged protest in Varanasi, Nagpur, Bengaluru, Jaipur and other places across the country ahead of the appearance of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case. Security has been beefed up outside the Patiala House court and the Congress headquarters in Delhi. 16 additional CCTV cameras have been installed in the premises where the hearing would be held. Adding to the agony of a busy Saturday for the court, gate number two of the Patiala House has been blocked and only people related to the case can use the same.

12: 45 PM Update: Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi extended his support to his mother-in-law and brother-in-law Rahul Gandhi. Robert Vadra also alleged that the issue of National Herald is an attempt of defamation. “My full support to my mother in law and brother in law. Politics of vendetta and desperate malicious attempts of defamation, will not be believed. Truth shall prevail,” Vadra wrote on his Facebook account. (ALSO READ: National Herald Case: Leaders unite at Congress headquarters, allege political vendetta charge against BJP)

12: 35 PM Update: Special security arrangements have been made on Saturday in and around Patiala House courts ahead of the appearance of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi. In a massive show of strength, hundreds of Congress workers gathered outside AICC head-quarter in Delhi.

12: 05 PM Update: Congress workers, who were protesting in Bhopal ahead of crucial hearing of National Herald case, were detained. Supporters of the Congress party have gathered in large numbers outside the All India Congress Committee (AICC) displaying their solidarity with party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi.

11: 55 AM Update: Ahead of appearance of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the Patiala House Courts at 3 pm, the ruling BJP said that the government has no role in the National Herald case. “Government has no role. If Rahul Gandhi has a problem then he should approach Supreme Court,” said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. 

 

11: 35 AM Update: Hundreds of Congress workers have gathered outside AICC head-quarter in Delhi where Congress MPs are scheduled to meet at 12: 30 to decide their future strategy in the Nationla Herald case. 

 

11: 20 AM Update: Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the party will put all its efforts in the legal battle in the National Herald case. “This is no tamasha or game. We will proceed to court in a serious and dignified manner,” said Singhvi. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad dismissed the allegations of vendetta politics saying that Rahul Gandhi has habbit of speaking lies.

 

11: 10 AM Update: Congress leader RS Surjewala said that the party has full faith in judiciary and Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will appear in court as a law abiding citizen. He reiterated the vendetta charge against BJP and Narendra Modi and asked why Subramanian Swamy was given protection by the government. ” Its a clear political vendetta led by Narendra Modi via Swami,” said Surjewala.

10: 55 AM Update: Congress leader Ashwani Kumar expressed confidence and said that Congress will fight the legal battle in best of their capacity to save Gandhis. ” I am fully confident that will be able to put forth our point of view to court in best of our capacity,” said Kumar. Meanwhile, Congress MPs have started coming at AICC head-quarter in Delhi to decide on the strategy in the National Herald case.

10: 40 AM Update: Congress continued to accuse BJP of playing vendetta politics while the saffron party maintained that National Herald case was a legal matter. “Its a political vendetta led by Narendra Modi, Subramanian Swamy is only a small cog in this wheel of conspiracy,” said RS Surjewala.

10: 15 AM Update: “Sonia, Rahul have always walked on the path of truth & truth will prevail,” said RS Surjewala. “We have complete respect for the judicial process, will fight the legal battle in accordance with law,” he added.

9: 30 AM Update: With Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi set to appear in the Patiala House Court in connection with the National Herald case, security has been beefed up. According to party sources, the Congress is open to avail all legal remedies and options.

 

9: 15 AM Update: While the Congress has been accusing the ruling BJP of playing vendetta politics, the BJP maintained that it was a legal issue. “Congress should approach this issue as a legal issue and allow courts to decide,” said BJP leader GVLN Rao. Security has been beefed up inside and outside Patiala House Courts ahead of the appearance of Sonia and Rahul.

 

 

New Delhi, Dec 19: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi will appear in Patiala House courts today in the National Herald case. Sonia and Rahul will appear before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen in the Patiala House courts at 3 pm. According to party sources, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi could seek bail when they appear before a magistrate in the National Herald case with the Congress insisting that they were open to all legal remedies and options.