Sonia likely to face court on 68th birthday

Sonia likely to face court on 68th birthday

A court on Thursday fixed the next date of hearing in a case against Congress president Sonia Gandhi over acquisition of the “National Herald” newspaper to December 9, her 68th birthday.

A Delhi court on Thursday fixed December 9 for hearing the complaint case, in which it had issued summons against Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others, on the issue of acquisition of “National Herald” daily.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha postponed the matter after the counsel appearing for Sonia Gandhi and others informed the court that Delhi High Court had stayed the criminal proceedings pending before the trial court till September 3.

The complaint case in the matter was filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

During the hearing, Swamy informed the court that he had served the summon issued against accused Sam Pitroda, who according to him is presently residing in the USA. He also told the court that the high court had stayed the proceedings before the trial court for other accused and not for Pitroda.

“The stay is for other accused and not for Pitroda. I have served the summon to him,” he told the court.

Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, who appeared for Sonia, Rahul and others, countered Swamy’s submissions saying the summon has to be served through the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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