National Herald case: Congress calls BJP leader Subramanian Swamy 'his master's voice'

Congress leader Kapil Sibal said BJP was distracting the country by targeting the Gandhis.

Delhi: Targeting Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said BJP was distracting the country by targeting the Gandhis.

Addressing the press, Sibal said, “Subramanian Swamy is BJP's power of attorney to persecute the Congress.”

“He is his master's voice,” Congress leader, who is also a senior advocate, added.

"We've seen how they are happy to charge people with sedition, like they did to protesters in Gujarat. They've been targeting West Bengal, Bihar and UP," he said.

Further hitting out at the BJP, Sibal pointed out, “CBI is captive parrot after Modi government came to power.”

“Can I ask BJP how it had spent its money?” he questioned.

Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and others were today directed to appear in person on December 19 by a Delhi court which allowed their plea seeking exemption from personal appearance for the day in the National Herald case.

Senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harin Raval and Ramesh Gupta appeared for the Gandhis and other accused and moved separate pleas seeking exemption from personal appearance for their clients for today only.

"We are very keen to come before the court," Singhvi told Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen, adding, "Please give us a date of your choice and that of the convenience of Dr Subramanian Swamy," as per PTI.

Swamy, who has filed the case, however, told the court that there are seven accused in the case and today's date was fixed in September itself.

"Accused number 2 (Rahul Gandhi) has left for Chennai this morning," he said.

The magistrate, however, told the defence counsel to ensure that all the accused appear before the court on the next date of hearing on December 19.

"Make sure that all the accused appear on December 19. I am giving exemption from personal appearance only for today. Don't come in the morning on December 19. You come at 3 PM," the magistrate said.

(With PTI inputs)

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