New Delhi, Dec 8: On asking by reporters whether the National Herald case was a 'political vendetta', Congress president Sonia Gandhi said: "I leave it on you to judge."
Sonia Gandhi further denied that she was upset and said: "Why should I be scared of anyone? I am Indira Gandhi's daughter in law, I am not scared of anyone."
Senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harin Raval and Ramesh Gupta appeared for the Gandhis and other accused and moved separate pleas seeking exemption from personal appearance for their clients for today only.
Singhvi said that both Rahul and Sonia Gandhi were keen to come before the court. Rahul Gandhi is travelling to Chennai today to visit the flood-affected areas.
Meanwhile, the magistrate, however, told the defence counsel to ensure that all the accused appear before the court on the next date of hearing on December 19.
The Delhi High Court on Monday, Dec 7 dismissed the pleas of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi seeking to quash summons issued to them by a trial court on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's complaint in the National Herald case.
(With PTI inputs)