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HC extends stay on proceedings in National Herald case till September 3

PTI 13 Aug 2014, 22:30:42 PM IST
New Delhi: The criminal proceedings before a trial court against Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others will remain stayed till September 3 in a case relating to acquiring ownership of National Herald daily, the Delhi High Court today said.

"The stay on proceedings shall continue till September 3. The order is applicable on those only who have moved the court," Justice V P Vaish said.

Besides Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Congress Treasurer Moti Lal Vora, General Secretary Oscar Fernandes and Suman Dubey have moved the High Court against the trial court order summoning them in the case.

Sam Pitroda, who is yet to be served with the summons, has not filed a plea in the high court.

Meanwhile, senior advocate R S Cheema started advancing arguments on behalf of Dubey and said the Indian National Congress (INC) had undertaken "transparent" and "well- intentioned" steps to revive the Associated Journals Limited ( AJL) which had been publishing newspapers 'National Herald' in English, "Navjivan" in Hindi and "Quami Awaz" in Urdu.

"There were transparent and well-intentioned steps taken with the view to reviving the newspaper," he said.

No statement that somebody has been defrauded was filed in support of the complaint by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, he said.

"The complaint has no allegation as to when was the loan given and under what circumstances it was given. It is factually incorrect and calculated deliberate allegation," Cheema said, adding the process has been wrongly issued by the lower court in the case.

The advancing of arguments remained inconclusive and would start on September 3.

The Congress leaders have challenged a lower court's summoning orders against them on a complaint of Swamy alleging cheating and misappropriation of funds in the acquisition of the daily by Young Indian (YI).