New Delhi, Dec 19: Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Congress President and Vice President respectively are scheduled to appear before court on Saturday, Dec 19.
The Gandhis have been summoned by the court in connection with National Herald scam. Security has been tightened around Patiala House District Court.
Senior officials of the Special Protection Group (SPG), Delhi Police and Intelligence Bureau (IB) reportedly reviewed the security arrangements at the court premises where 16 more CCTV cameras were installed on Friday.
Both Sonia and Rahul are SPG protectees. Elaborate security arrangements have been made considering the fact that the court is a public place where a number of lawyers, litigants come daily.
The sources said that shops inside the premises will remain closed on Saturday and the area near gate number two of the court, where the courtroom in which the hearing is scheduled is located, will be cordoned off with deployment of a multi-layered security cover.
National Herald Scam: Allegations against the Gandhis
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy alleged that the Gandhis formed a company, Young India, in 2010 with 38 percent share each to take control of Rs 2,000 crore worth of assets of Associated Journals Ltd, which used to publish the National Herald.
The National Herald was started in 1938 by Jawaharlal Nehru. Over the decades, it lost circulation and ran into major financial losses, leading to its closure in 2008.
According to Subramanian Swamy, the offense was made possible because of the Gandhis' "crony control over the Congress party and AJL".
The BJP leader alleged that they closed AJL in 2008 due to financial crisis and stopped printing the National Herald and sister publications Navjivan (Hindi) and Qaumi Awaz (Urdu), which were saddled with huge unpaid debts.
To resolve the financial crisis, AJL transferred the share equity to Young India by a mere payment of Rs 50 lakhs without taking any reference from the shareholders.
Young India thus acquired the complete ownership of AJL real estate assets of at least Rs 2,000 crores, including a multi-storey building in a prime location in Delhi.
(With agency inputs)