National Herald case: Sam Pitroda granted bail; Sonia, Rahul given exemption from personal appearance
Sam Pitroda, one of the accused in National Herald case was on Saturday granted bail by a New Delhi court.
New Delhi: Sam Pitroda, one of the accused in National Herald case was on Saturday granted bail by a New Delhi court.
Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen granted bail to Pitroda after he appeared before him asking him to furnish a personal bond of Rs.50,000 and a surety of like amount. On Friday, Pitroda was granted exemption by the court from personal appearance today on medical grounds.
The court also granted exemption to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, Gandhis' family friend Suman Dubey and another party leader Oscar Fernandes, who are out on bail.
The apex court had on February 12 exempted the Gandhis and others from personal appearances, noting their presence in the trial court would cause more inconvenience than convenience.
The court also fixed March 21 for further hearing of the case.
The case is based on a private criminal complaint lodged by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy against Sam Pitroda, Sonia, Rahul Gandhi and others accusing them of cheating, conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.
Sonia Gandhi, Rahul, Vora, Fernandes, Dubey and Pitroda 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.
All the accused had challenged the summons issued to them by trial court on Swamy's complaint.