New Delhi, December 19: After the appeal of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for exemption from personal appearance was quashed by the Delhi High court, the duo will appear in Patiala House court for the National Herald case hearing on Saturday. Speculations are going around in the political arena that both the leaders would appeal for bail from the magistrate, while earlier it was said that Rahul will opt for jail and Sonia will only take bail.
Considering a high-profile case, heavy security has been deployed near the court premises. Also, the court has issued a notice that only people concerned with misappropriation of property case would be allowed inside in the court. Acting on a complaint filed by Bhartiya Janata Party leader Dr Subramanian Swamy for conspiracy, cheating, breach of trust and misappropriation of property on the duo, Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen had summoned them to appear personally before the bench and clarify their involvement. (ALSO READ: National Herald Case Live News Update: Will Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi go to jail?)
Though Congress has been continuously saying that with the National Herald case the BJP is trying to defame the leaders and mulling political vendetta, the ruling government had denied of its involvement and said that it is a judicial matter. Swamy who filed the case in the trial court in 2012, has been allocated a government house in New Delhi earlier on Thursday by the Union Home Ministry citing security reasons.
According to the National Herald case, Sonia and Rahul were charged with involvement in cheating, breach of trust in the acquisition of Associated Journal Ltd (AJL) by Young India Pvt. Ltd (YIPL), of which an asset of hundreds of crores of rupees were transferred to YIPl. Swamy in his petition has said that the mother-son duo had ‘taken over’ the assets of the defunct print media outlet in a malicious manner to gain profit and assets worth Rs 2,000 crores. Both the duo were board of directors in the firm. (ALSO READ: National Herald case: All you need to know about the controversy which could land Sonia, Rahul Gandhi behind the bars!)