Govt has nothing to do with National Herald case: Naidu

Chennai, Dec. 12 (ANI): Asserting that the government had nothing to do with the National Herald case, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday slammed the Congress party for stalling the proceedings of the Parliament, saying that the latter were fighting a legal battle in the House instead of fighting it in the court.

“The Parliament is not functioning, particularly the upper house. The Congress party is making a hue and cry and stopping the Parliament from functioning over the verdict of Delhi High Court. They are saying the government is resorting to political vendetta. The government is nowhere in the picture,” Naidu told reporters here.

“The Congress party is trying to fight the legal battle in the Parliament instead of fighting it in the court.They have to fight this battle legally in the court, it has to be sorted out in the court and not in the streets or Parliament,” he added.

Naidu said that the Congress was harming the nation by disturbing the proceedings of the Parliament.

The Congress MPs have in the last few days disrupted the Parliament with continuous protest over the National Herald case and alleged ‘vendetta politics’ leading to repeated adjournments of both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s had suggested that the opposition must not paralyse the Parliament based on their ‘whims and fancies’. Reacting to this, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had said “Let him say what he wants”.

The National Herald newspaper was closely associated with India’s freedom struggle and the Indian National Congress till 2008. In January 2008, discussions about its closure began. On 1 April 2008, the paper’s editorial announced that it was temporarily suspending operations. Before its closure, the paper was being run by Associated Journals Limited (AJL).

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy filed the case in a local court in 2012. The trial court then issued summons to the two leaders among others in June 2014, but they approached the Delhi High Court seeking a stay. On Monday this week, the high court refused to stay the summons, and asked all of the accused to appear for a hearing on December 19.

The accused face allegations that they illegally acquired property worth Rs. 5,000 crore belonging to the National Herald newspaper. (ANI)

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