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City Congress at Delhi to Defend ‘Ala Commands’ Arrest

Sonia, Rahul Gandhi

Congress party workers are miffed with allegations being made against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case and termed it as baseless.

The tug of war between the BJP and Congress is all set to intensify as the party’s activists are expected to gather near Patiala House court in Delhi where Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice-president Rahul Gandhi will appear for a hearing pertaining to the National Herald case. Congress party workers are miffed with allegations being made against Sonia and Rahul and termed it as baseless. The National Herald case has become the bone of contention between BJP and Congress. Sonia and Rahul will not apply for bail bonds as they had challenged the government to put them in jail. The Congress is very angry over the developments and Rahul has directly blamed the PMO for the trouble. The Mumbai Regional Congress Committee will also hold demonstrations at Kherwadi Junction, Western Express Highway, Bandra (E) under the leadership of MRCC President Sanjay Nirupam.

As per rules, once an accused has been summoned, he or she has to appear before it and seek bail which the court may grant. Otherwise, they can be taken into judicial custody. If the accused does not apply for bail, the court can take the accused in the judicial custody.

A Congress party worker spoke to AV on the condition of anonymity and said, “Large number of Congress party workers boarded a train from Mumbai to Delhi for expressing their solidarity with the top leadership. We have to support our leader Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in this hour of crisis.”

“The BJP is only trying to settle political scores with Congress for bringing this case into the forefront. They are already frustrated due to the frequent parliament logjam hence they are resorting to such tactics,” said another party activist.

Party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said, “We respect judicial process and we will submit ourselves to the majesty of the court process. The Congress President and the Vice President have complete faith in the judicial process. They will be proceeding as per the advice by the lawyers.”

Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, who had represented the Gandhis in the court, steered clear of questions whether the Gandhis would apply for bail. “We cannot share our strategy. I have not spoken to anyone on the issue. I cannot speak on it”.

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul suffered a major jolt after the Delhi HC refused to accept their plea to nullify the summons issued against them in the National Herald Case. Ever since then, they have been protesting against the same in the Parliament.

Apart from Sonia and Rahul, five others – Suman Dubey, Moti Lal Vohra, Oscar Fernandez, Sam Pitroda and Young India Ltd were issued summons in the case. They too had challenged the summons which was issued to them for supposedly misappropriation of funds in the Daily.

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