So­nia, Rahul get bail in Na­tional Her­ald case, at­tack Modi govt

15-MINUTE HEAR­ING Delhi court asks Gand­his, 3 oth­ers to pro­vide per­sonal bond of ` 50,000 each

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Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi and vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi were on Satur­day granted bail by a Delhi court in a pri­vate crim­i­nal com­plaint case filed by BJP leader Subra­ma­nian Swamy al­leg­ing cheating and breach of trust in tak­ing over As­so­ci­ated Jour­nals Ltd, pub­lisher of the now de­funct Na­tional Her­ald news­pa­per.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan mag­is­trate Lovleen granted bail to the Gand­his and three other ac­cused, Moti­lal Vora, Os­car Fer­nan­des and Su­man Dubey, on a per­sonal bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety each in a hear­ing that lasted nearly 15 min­utes. Sam Pitroda, an­other ac­cused, was granted ex­emp­tion from per­sonal ap­pear­ance on med­i­cal grounds.

The Gand­his ar­rived ac­compa-

nied by se­nior party lead­ers and alighted from their car about 200 me­tres from the court com­plex, com­plet­ing the re­main­ing jour­ney on foot and wav­ing at peo­ple along the way.

“I ap­peared be­fore the court like any law- abid­ing cit­i­zen.

The truth will come out,” So­nia Gandhi told re­porters at the Congress head­quar­ters min­utes af­ter ob­tain­ing bail.

“The cur­rent gov­ern­ment is tar­get­ing its ri­vals and we will con­tinue to fight... Ye log hamein kabhi apne raaste se hata nahi paayenge, ken­dra sarkar jaan boojh kar hamein nis­hana bana rahi hai (th­ese peo­ple will never be able to de­ter us from our path, the cen­tral gov­ern­ment is tar­get­ing us on pur­pose),” she said.

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