New Delhi: The Supreme Court will tomorrow hear the pleas of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi against the Delhi High Court verdict refusing to quash summons issued to them in the National Herald case.
The matter is listed before a bench of Justices J S Khehar and C Nagappan.
Earlier, a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice R Banumathi had assured senior advocate Kapial Sibal, representing the Gandhis, saying "we will look into it for giving an urgent hearing tomorrow itself".
Sibal said Subramanian Swamy, the BJP leader who has filed the criminal complaint against the UPA Chairperson and five others, had earlier agreed to February 12, the scheduled date of hearing, and now he was saying he is not available till February 19.
A magistrate court had fixed February 20 for their appearance in the court.
Earlier, the Congress President, her son Rahul, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda had filed appeals in the apex court against the High Court verdict in the case.
The High Court had on December 7, 2015 not only refused to quash the summons issued to the Congress leaders, but had also made scathing observations on their "questionable conduct" regarding how they took control of the publication.
Subsequently, the Gandhis and others had appeared before a Patiala House court on December 19 last year when they were granted bail.
The High Court, while refusing the plea of Gandhis and others, had said, "Questionable conduct of petitioners needs to be properly examined at the charge stage to find out the truth and so, these criminal proceedings cannot be thwarted at this initial stage."
Along with the Gandhis, five other accused--Suman Dubey, Moti Lal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Sam Pitroda and Young India Ltd--had challenged the summons issued to them by a trial court on a complaint by Swamy against them for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in taking control of the now-defunct daily.
Swamy had accused Sonia, Rahul and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by just paying Rs 50 lakh by which YI obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which the AJL had owed to the Congress party.