Court rejects Swamy’s plea for papers in National Herald case

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New Delhi:┬áIn a relief to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, a Delhi court today rejected “as fishing inquiry” a plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking a direction to Congress party and Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) to produce certain records related to the National Herald case.

The court said that Swamy “seemed to enlarge the scope of present proceedings”.

Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen, meanwhile, gave last opportunity to Swamy to submit the list of his witnesses in the case lodged against Gandhis and some other Congress leaders and fixed the matter on February 10 for hearing arguments on framing of charges.

“At the very outset, this court must observe that by using the terms ‘verify’/’see’/’investigate’ (in application) the complainant (Swamy) admits that he himself is not aware of the contents of the said documents.

“In these circumstances, the prayer of the complainant is nothing but a fishing enquiry which is not permitted under the law. This court feels that by seeking the above documents the complainant seems to enlarge scope of present proceedings,” the court said.

The court also said that most of the documents sought “do not seem relevant in view of context of present allegations” and “do not seem to be connected to the facts required to be proved by the complainant”.

It said that a few documents which seemed to be relevant, could not be ordered to be summoned as those were “to be contemporaneous with the examination of prosecution witnesses.

In the present case the complainant has not even placed a list of witnesses, whom he proposes to examine in pre-charge stage.

So the prayer made by the complainant for summoning the documents from Congress and AJL has to be rejected”.

Swamy, in his private criminal complaint, has accused Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs 50 lakh through which Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which AJL owed to the Congress.

Swamy has sought documents relating to a loan given by the Congress to the AJL, the holding firm of the National Herald, saying these were necessary for the purposes of trial in the case.

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