The Congress on Tuesday said that the developments in the National Herald case was being pursued because of political vendetta.
Speaking to reporters in Tamil Nadu, the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said, “There’s absolutely no doubt that Modi govt is running vendetta politics to silence us. It’s how central government functions. But they can’t stop me from asking questions.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the party spokesperson and Supreme Court lawyer, Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters, “The ruling party is using proxy litigation to attack senior Congress leaders out of political malice. This is political vendetta at its worst. (Subramanian) Swamy, the complainant, is a senior member of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party).”
A Delhi court on Monday had dismissed a plea of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi to quash a trial court’s summons to them in the National Herald case.
On Tuesday, they were asked to appear in the court on 19 December.
The issue relates to alleged cheating and breach of trust in acquiring ownership of National Herald newspaper.
Singhvi said each accused was keen to appear before the court at the earliest possible date.
The four other accused are Suman Dubey, Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandez and Sam Pitroda, who lives in the US.
“The US accused will also try his best to be here, subject to logistics. (Everyone) has the highest regard for the court,” said Singhvi.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the National Herald case was a matter of serious corruption and the government had nothing to do with the matter.
He said the Congress should fight the case in court and not stall parliamentary proceedings.
“It’ a matter of serious corruption as funds collected for political purposes are being used for commercial activity,” Jaitley told reporters outside parliament house.
“The government is nowhere… also, how does parliament feature in this? A private complaint has been filed and the government doesn’t come into the picture,” Jaitley said.
“They (Congress) have to face and answer in court and not stall parliamentary proceedings,” the minister said.