National Herald Scam: Setback for Swamy, Sonia, Rahul granted bail

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New Delhi, Dec 19: Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are expected to reach Patiala House court around 3:00 pm today (Saturday, Dec 19). The President and Vice President of Congress party have been summoned by the court in connection with National Herald Scam case.

The court asked the two leaders to appear before the court during the hearing of the case filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

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Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi

3:45 pm: Congress is projecting the Gandhis as if they are freedom fighters, said MA Naqvi, Union Minister.

3:30 pm: Ghulam Nabi Azad took surety for Oscar Fernandes.

3:25 pm: Ajay Maken took surety for Motilal Vora, Mallikarjun Kharge took surety for Suman Dubey.

3:15 pm: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took surety for Rahul Gandhi and AK Antony took surety for Sonia Gandhi.

3:11 pm: Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh reaches at AICC headquarters.

3:00 pm: Congress workers raised slogans in support of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi at party headquarters.

2:55 pm: The Gandhis will be present in court again on February 20, we have not yet asked for any exemptions, said Kapil Sibal.

2:52 pm: Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have been granted unconditional bail. Both of them need to give a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each.

2:50 pm: Sonia and Rahul Gandhi got down from their cars near India Gate and walked to the Gate no 2 of Patiala House court.

2:45 pm: Priyanka Gandhi along with other Congress leaders reached Patiala House.

2:41 pm: Subramanian Swamy along with his wife Roxna Swamy too reached Patiala House.

2:37 pm: Sonia Gandhi arrives at the court

2:27 pm: Gandhis' counsel Singhvi in court room

2:22 pm: 10 Congress leaders allowed inside the court to provide surity; Congress to brass have left for Patiala House

2:13 pm: Subramanian Swamy's cavalcade on its way to Patiala House Court

2:06 pm: GVL Narasimha Rao, the National Spokesperson of BJP, calls the protests a show of 'muscle flexing' 

2:00 pm: Congress workers from Rae Bareilly arrive to show solidarity with their leaders

1:59 pm: Priyanka Gandhi arrives for strategy meet before

1:25 pm: Ghulam Nabi Azad says, "The Congress party and the whole country had suspected from the beginning that the BJP and especially the Prime Minister are behind Subramanian Swamy."

"And today you read the papers how the government went out of the way to give Swamy Z category security and a government residence. Swamy is not a Parliamentarian, not in a border state where there is terrorism, nor has he fought terrorism. If he has been given these perks it has been a reward for dragging Congress leaders to court," he said.

1:03 pm: Congress will hold a final strategy meet at 1:30 pm at Ghulam Nabi Azad's residence in the national capital.

12:55 pm: Congress workers protested in Nagpur and Varanasi.

12:40 pm: Congress workers protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and anti-Modi posters too have been surfaced in Bengaluru.

12:35 pm: Congress workers held anti-Modi, shirtless protest in Bengaluru.

12:32 pm: Congress workers protested against Modi, BJP in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

11:49 pm: Congress workers gathered outside party headquarter in Delhi.

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