IN a reply filed in connection with the National Herald case, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi have accused BJP leader Subramanian Swamy of seeking a “fishing and roving inquiry” by asking for documents from the Congress party and the Associated Journals Ltd (AJL).
The Gandhis have claimed that Swamy is trying to change his case by seeking documents related to the party, which is not an accused in the case.
Swami has sought summoning of documents relating to a loan given by the Congress party to AJL, the holding firm of National Herald. Through their lawyers, the Gandhis have said that some of the documents are already on record, and the party is not an accused in the case.
Therefore, they said, the documents should not be disclosed as it is a matter of maintaining “confidentiality”.
The Gandhis along with party leaders Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey, Sam Pitroda and Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) are accused of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying Rs 50 lakh, after which YI obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which Associated Journals Pvt Ltd (AJL) owed to the Congress party.
Swamy’s application showed “casualness” as some of the documents sought were already on record, the reply said.
On August 27, the court had issued notices to Gandhis and others, seeking their replies within two weeks. The matter was posted on October 4.