National Herald case: Swamy wants AFSPA imposed when Sonia, Rahul appear before court

National Herald case: Swamy wants AFSPA imposed when Sonia, Rahul appear before court

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy will be writing a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, requesting him to impose AFSPA in New Delhi on December 19, when Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi make an appearance at the  Patiala House Courts in connection with the National Herald case.

Swamy fears the Congress party might repeat what they did when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi appeared in the court. “Congress has a history of creating problems in this kind of a situation,” he said.

Congress state chiefs and even Congress chief ministers are expected to be present and march from the Congress headquarters to the court premises. The party has alleged “political vendetta” by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and is likely to seize upon this opportunity to score political mileage.

Youth Congress workers have already been directed to make it a massive show of strength and mobilise cadres. The party hopes that by turning a court appearance into a massive show of solidarity, it would successfully subvert the BJP’s hopes of putting the Congress on the backfoot.

The Sections under which BJP’s Subramian Swamy has alleged the Gandhis be implicated include cheating (Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code, or IPC), which is a non-bailable offence; criminal breach of trust (Section 406 of the IPC); and misappropriation of funds – a non-bailable offence. Therefore, if the accused does not seek bail or is denied bail by the court, then they could be arrested



Source : IndiaToday

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