A Delhi court on Saturday asked BJP MP Dr Subramanian Swamy to bring two documents relating to the complaint filed with the Ministry of Urban Development and Income Tax Department in connection with the National Herald case. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Vishal Pahuja deferred the cross-examination of the BJP leader to March 21.
During the cross-examination, Swamy told the defence counsel, senior advocate RS Cheema, that he did not bring the complaint on Saturday and will bring it on the next date of hearing. Cheema asked Swamy if he was aware that 'Young India' (YI) was a company which was incorporated under Section 25 of Companies Act and has no entitlements to any divided or profits accruing to these companies and the same have to be spent exclusively for promoting the objects of the companies.
Swamy responded that he was aware of these facts. "It is incorrect to state that I maintained silence on the nature of Young Indian as it militates against the allegation of criminal misappropriation. It is incorrect to state that I intentionally described Young Indian as a privately owned company instead of giving its true nature," Swamy told the court.
After the hearing, Swamy took to Twitter and said that he is beginning to enjoy it because it "sharpens his memory" for a later trial.
Further cross examination in NH took 1 1/2 hours. Next date March 21st. Now I am beginning to enjoy it because it sharpens my memory for later trial— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) February 1, 2020
Swamy is the complainant in the case in which senior Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are accused. The BJP lawmaker who filed the case in 2012 had stated that the Congress party granted an interest-free loan of Rs 90.25 crore to Associated Journals Limited (AJL), owner of the National Herald newspaper.
Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, journalist Suman Dubey and technocrat Sam Pitroda have been named in Swamy’s National Herald case. All of them have denied the allegations levelled against them.
On December 21, Subramanian Swamy had exuded confidence that he would be able to win the National Herald corruption case by producing supporting documents. Speaking to the media, Swamy said, "I am one of the complainants in the case. I will prove my version on the basis of the documents as there are no eyewitnesses in the case. I hope that in the month of April-May next, the court will able to decide whether to give punishment to the accused or not."