National Herald case: Sam Pitroda challenges summoning order

 Sam Pitroda, who is close to the Congress leadership, has challenged in Delhi High Court the summons issued to him in the National Herald case.

New Delhi: Sam Pitroda, who is close to the Congress leadership, has challenged in Delhi High Court the summons issued to him in the National Herald case.

Justice Sunil Gaur tagged Pitroda'a petition with others, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, who have also challenged the trial court's June 26, 2014 order summoning them as accused for allegedly cheating and misappropriating funds of a company that used to publish the now defunct National Herald newspaper.

The court will hear the matters on July 2.

The high court on August 6, 2014 had stayed the summons issued against all the accused.

Pitroda, who served as chairman of the National Knowledge Commission (2005-2009), was summoned along with Sonia, Rahul, party treasurer Moti Lal Vora, general secretary Oscar Fernandes and Young Indian Private Ltd (a firm in which the Gandhis have a stake) director Suman Dubey asking them to appear before it August 7, 2014.

They were summoned as accused on a complaint by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy alleging cheating in the acquisition of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the publisher of National Herald newspaper, by the Young Indian Private Ltd (YIL).

The Gandhis, Fernandes, Vora and Dubey had moved the high court on July 30, 2014 against the trial court order summoning them in the case.

The accused persons were summoned under sections 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property, 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) read with section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. 

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