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National Herald Case: Sonia and Rahul Gandhi Appear in Court

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Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the leaders of India’s opposition Congress party, have appeared in court in connection with corruption allegations.

The mother and son were both granted bail minutes after arriving, and the case was adjourned until February 20, the AFP reported.

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi deny misusing party funds to buy a company that published the now-closed National Herald newspaper.

The case has been brought by a member of the ruling BJP.


Subramanian Swamy says the Gandhis took over the company to try to acquire more than $300 million in property assets.

The Delhi high court on December 7 rejected the Gandhis’ plea to be exempted from making personal appearance in the district court at Patiala House on December 19.Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in court

Sonia Gandhi, the party president, welcomed being granted bail and said she had no doubt that truth would prevail.

Rahul Gandhi, who is the party vice-president, accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and PM Narendra Modi of making false allegations against him and his mother and said they would not be defeated.

The National Herald ceased publication in 2008. The party had previously said it wanted to revive the paper, established in 1938 by India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

However, Subramanian Swamy has alleged that Sonia and Rahul Gandhi used party funds illegally to acquire the newspaper’s properties.

The case has also disrupted the current session of parliament, with lawmakers accusing the ruling BJP of a “political vendetta”.

The BJP has rejected the allegations.

“How is parliament involved if some people have been summoned by a court? You [Gandhis] want to silence the judiciary. You want to intimidate the judiciary. You are telling the judiciary, how dare you summon us,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said.

Congress party lost the general election in 2014, winning only 44 of the 543 seats after governing India for 10 years. The BJP won a landslide victory.

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