National Herald case: Delhi Court seeks Congress balance sheet

The counsel for the party submitted to Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen that the court summons seeking the balance sheet was received only on March 19 and that there was also lack of clarity about the year to which the documents pertain.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Updated: March 22, 2016 3:26 am
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The Delhi court on Monday directed the Congress to submit its balance sheet for the year 2010-11 by April 8, after the party sought more time to submit the documents.

The counsel for the party submitted to Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen that the court summons seeking the balance sheet was received only on March 19 and that there was also lack of clarity about the year to which the documents pertain.

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The court will now take up the matter on April 8. On March 11, allowing BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea, M M Lovleen had summoned the balance sheet of 2010-2011 of Indian National Congress (INC) and Associated Journals Pvt Ltd (AJL), observing that these documents of INC and AJL could not be referred as “personal documents” of the accused.

During the proceedings, MM Lovleen sought a reply from Congress representative present in the court as to whether any office bearer was present to receive the court orders. “I am asking you, if there was officer bearer to receive the orders. Doesn’t anyone work on a Saturday in the party office,” asked Lovleen.

To which, the Congress office peon, replying in negative, said that “mostly” all the office bearers are on leave. “No one was present. Mostly all the office bearers are on leave on Saturdays,” the Congress office peon said.

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