Herald case: Court dismisses Swamy’s application

NEW DELHI, May 26:
A Delhi court today dismissed an application by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in the National Herald case, seeking a direction to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, his mother Sonia Gandhi and other accused to either admit or deny if certain documents filed by him were original.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal dismissed the plea, saying that none of the accused was stated to be the author of any of the documents.
“When the documents themselves are not admissible (the question of relevancy apart) in evidence due to some legal bar, the accused justifies himself legally in his decision to neither admit or deny those documents.
“Therefore, for the aforesaid reasons mentioned, the application under section 294 CrPC for directing accused to admit or deny the documents cannot be allowed,” the court said in its order.
The BJP leader, in a private criminal complaint, has accused the Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by paying just Rs 50 lakh, through which Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore that Associate Journals Ltd owed to the Congress.(PTI)