National Herald case: Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi may not seek bail in court

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Updated: December 17, 2015 11:11:31 AM

In the National Herald case row, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will appear in a Delhi court on Saturday and there is speculation that they may not apply for bail.

In the National Herald case row, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will appear in a Delhi court on Saturday and there is speculation that they may not apply for bail.

The Congress remained tightlipped on the course to be adopted by the two leaders when they appear before the court on Saturday afternoon.

Under procedures, once an accused has been summoned, he or she has to appear before it and seek bail which the court may grant. Otherwise, they can be taken into judicial custody.

Rahul Gandhi has left things in speculative mode when he said that he will see what he does on Saturday after being asked whether he will apply for bail in the National Herald case.

Keeping the suspense high, Congress chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said “we respect judicial process and we will submit ourselves to the majesty of the court process. The Congress President and the Vice President have complete faith in the judicial process. They will be proceeding as per the advice by the lawyers”.

Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, who had represented both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in court, steered clear of questions whether the Gandhis would apply for bail. “We cannot share our strategy. I have not spoken to anyone on the issue. I cannot speak on it”.

Several senior party leaders, including CWC members and party General Secretaries and party MPs, would accompany the both Sonia and Rahul Gandhi to the court as a mark of solidarity.

The National Herald case has acquired added stridency as the BJP has accused the Congress of linking the passage of the critical GST Bill in Parliament to the the newspaper case, while both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have insisted there is no such linkage.

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