Summons against Sonia, Rahul stayed

Summons against Sonia, Rahul stayed

The Delhi High Court on Monday extended till December 2 the stay on a trial court order summoning Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and three others in the National Herald case.

Justice V P Vaish extended the interim order after lawyers appearing for the Gandhis and others said their arguments could not be concluded. The high court said the pleas require a regular hearing over two-to-three days and cannot be heard this month due to a lot of transfer cases and upcoming holidays.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said the arguments need to be concluded before the next date of hearing in the matter before the trial court, which is scheduled to hear it on December 9.

Swamy, in a complaint before the trial court, had alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds by the Congress leaders in the acquisition of National Herald by the Young Indian.

Subsequently, the trail court on June 26 summoned Sonia, Rahul, Congress treasurer Moti Lal Vora, general secretary Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda to appear before it on August 7.

The leaders then moved the high court on July 30 against the summons.

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