New Delhi : Congress President Sonia Gandhi today moved the Supreme Court challenging the trial court’s decision to summon her and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald share transfer controversy. The party top leaders, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi (Vice-president) of Congress party were to make an appearance before the trial court as Delhi High court had refused to quash the summons issued against them.
On this account, Sonia Gandhi filed a petition in which she stated that the High Court had failed to understand the central point of the matter, which, as she stated was — there was no offence committed during the procedures followed in transfer of shares between the two concerned companies, namely — Associated Journals Ltd., and Young India. Both these companies are controlled by Gandhis, and the share transfer procedure had come under dubious radar.
Sonia Gandhi in her petition said the High Court failed to understand that there was no offence committed in the transfer of shares from Associated Journals Ltd to Young India, which is controlled by Gandhis. Besides challenging the legality of trial court summons, she also criticized the High Court on the way the whole matter was presented for trial. Sonia Gandhi stated in her petition that the High court had used objectionable words such as — the case ‘smacks of criminality’ — and these words were mentioned while discussing the share transfer case, and the use of such misappropriate words was in bad taste of legal proceeds.
The case was brought to limelight by BJP leader and practicing lawyer Subramanian Swamy. On the basis of a criminal complaint filed by Swamy, both Gandhis were summoned by the trial court in June last year. However, the High Court had initially stayed the summons before dismissing the Gandhis’ petition. this move had apparently forced the top Congress leaders to appear before the trial court.