New Delhi, Dec 17: Speculations are rife that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi will not apply for bail as the two will appear in a Delhi court on Saturday (Dec 19) in connection with the National Herald case.
The party, however, is tightlipped on the course to be adopted by the two leaders when they appear before the court on Saturday afternoon.
As per media reports, both Sonia and Rahul are 'willing to go to jail to prove their innocence' rather than apply for bail.
Reports are further claiming that the grand-old party of India is planning a massive nationwide show of strength on the given day to protest against the Centre. The party has termed it a political vendetta of the Modi government against Gandhi-family.
Under procedures, once an accused has been summoned, he or she has to appear before it and seek bail which the court may grant. Otherise, they can be taken into judicial custody. If the accused does not apply for bail, the court can take the accused in the judicial custody.
Party's chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala earlier 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 the Gandhis in the 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 Gandhis to the court as a mark of solidarity.
(With inputs from agencies)