Sonia accuses Swamy of seeking 'fishing' probe in Herald case

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi have accused BJP leader  Subramanian Swamy of seeking \'fishing and roving enquiry\' in  the National Herald case.

Published: 20th September 2016 09:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th September 2016 09:22 PM   |  A+A-

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi. |AFP


NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi  and Vice President Rahul Gandhi have accused BJP leader  Subramanian Swamy of seeking "fishing and roving enquiry" in  the National Herald case by calling for certain documents from  the party and the Associated Journals Ltd (AJL).      

The Congress top brass has claimed before a Delhi court  that Swamy wants to make out a "new case" against it by taking  recourse of a "fishing" probe in the matter.       

The Gandhis, who along with leaders like Motilal Vora,  Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda are accused in  the case, have also opposed Swamy's contention seeking  summoning of Income Tax records from Congress party and AJL,  saying these entities were not accused and hence their records  cannot and should not be disclosed for maintaining their  "confidentiality".         

The vehement opposition to Swamy's submissions was made  in the written reply filed before the court by the Gandhis and  others before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen.        

They also sought dismissal of Swamy's plea with exemplary  costs.            

Swamy has accused them of allegedly conspiring to cheat  and misappropriate funds by just paying Rs 50 lakh by which  Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) obtained the right to recover Rs  90.25 crore which AJL owed to the Congress party. All accused  have denied the allegations levelled against them.             

The court had issued notices to Gandhis and the other  accused and the company Young Indian Pvt Ltd on August 27,  seeking their replies within two weeks. The court has posted  the matter for further hearing on October 4.

"The complainant (Swamy) has set up a particular case and  it is his duty to prove the same. However, the present  application contemplates to create a situation where a  'fishing and roving enquiry' could be set into motion beyond  the scope of averments made in the complaint and case set up  by the complainant in case the application is allowed...  

"The complainant through this application is seeking to  call for documents without divulging their necessity and  desirability on the basis of the allegations made by him in  his complaint. Thereby, the complainant seeks to access  documents in an attempt to make out a new case," the reply  said, adding that "the endeavour of the complaint of not  providing a list of witnesses also shows the malafide nature  of the current application".

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