1. National Herald Case: Subramanian Swamy brings up Robert Vadra’s name during hearing

National Herald Case: Subramanian Swamy brings up Robert Vadra’s name during hearing

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy mentioned Robert Vadra’s name while speaking on another case during the National Herald case hearing, prompting an angry response from lawyers of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi

By: | New Delhi | Published: April 23, 2017 10:54 AM
During the hearing, Subramanian Swamy brought up the CBI case on alleged irregularities in the plot allotment of Panchkula by the Haryana government to AJL. (PTI)

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy mentioned Robert Vadra’s name while speaking on another case, during the National Herald case hearing. This prompted an angry response from lawyers of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, a report by ‘The Indian Express’ said. The report says that BJP leader accused Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case, of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds in the acquisition of Associated Journals Ltd (publisher of National Herald) by Young Indian.

During the hearing on Saturday, Subramanian Swamy brought up the CBI case on alleged irregularities in the plot allotment of Panchkula by the Haryana government to AJL. Lawyers opposed to the submission, pointing that two cases are not related, to which Swami was quoted in the report saying, “The CBI says the land was misappropriated and your son-in-law’s name also features (in the case). You cannot deny straightaway that Vadra had nothing to do with it.”

To this, lawyers of two Congress leaders responded saying that if the two cases were connected, then National Herald case should be stayed till the other case reached its logical conclusion. They also asked the court to record the statement of Subramanian Swamy that the two cases are related.

In his response, asking the court to look into it, the BJP leader was quoted by the paper saying, “I do not know (if the cases are connected) but CBI has talked about misappropriation of land for AJL”.“Please file what you are seeking in writing, so that I may understand it better,” Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen told Swamy. The AJL, in 2005 was the plot by the then Congress goverHaryana. At the time of re-allocation of the plot, then CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda was chairman of the Haryana Urban Development Authority Recently, CBI has registered FIR against Hooda.

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Yesterday, Subramanian Swamy filed a fresh plea seeking more witnesses to be examined by the court in the National Herald case. “You want Bhupinder Singh Hooda to be a witness in this case?” the judge asked, to which the BJP leader replied in the affirmative, the report further said

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