Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 19:
In the much discussed National Herald case, Odisha unit of Congress today took out rallies at various places of the state citing political vendetta at play by the BJP.
In Bhubaneswar, a rally led by PCC President Prasad Harichandan and other senior leaders including Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra and Deputy in-charge of party affairs in Odisha Subhankar Sarkar was taken out by the party from Congress Bhawan near Master Canteen square to Lower PMG of the city.
Hundreds of supporters joined the rally and burned effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Subramanian Swamy. Even though the rally was peaceful, the cops have detained many as a preventive measure.
“This is a political fight against the political vendetta of BJP. We will continue our agitation against the vengeful politics of BJP, its leader Subramanian Swamy and Narendra Modi,” said Harichandan.
Earlier on December 9, supporters of Congress clashed with the police in Bhubaneswar while demonstrating against BJP for allegedly dragging Gandhi family into the National Herald litigation.
On the other hand, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi today appeared in Delhi’s Patiala House court today and were given bail for a personal bond of Rs 50,000. The court granted them bail on Rs 50,000 personal bond each. While Priyanka Gandhi Vadra gave surety for Rahul Gandhi, AK Anthony gave surety for Sonia Gandhi.
Notably, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a complaint before the trial court in 2012, alleging that Congress leaders were involved in cheating and breach of trust in the acquisition of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) by Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YIL), as assets worth crores of rupees had been transferred to YIL.
As per the complaint lodged by Swamy, Congress President Sonia and Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who were on the board of directors of YIL, had taken over the assets of the defunct print media outlet in a malicious manner to make profit and assets worth more than Rs 2,000 crore.
Apart from the Gandhis, other big-shots named in the case include General Secretary Oscar Fernandes, Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, Journalist Suman Dubey and Technocrat Sam Pitroda.