Swamy spoke for exactly 10 minutes on why he should be given access to the documents.
Defense team was long winded, lasting almost an hour, with verbose explanations on why it should be denied.
One Defense lawyer expressed outrage at the language of Dr. Swamy’s request, unhappy with the use of the word demand and in a tone that was reaching high decibels, using pithy metaphors such as “till the cows come home”, to suggest that Dr. Swamy may go on a fishing expedition.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]M[/dropcap]etropolitan Magistrate Court on Friday set to pronounce the order on December 26th on the issue of summoning documents from Government and Congress party in the National Herald case. Hearing the heated arguments between battery of lawyers of Congress party and petitioner Subramanian Swamy for more than 90 minutes on the need of the documents in the politically sensitive case, Magistrate Lovleen declared pronouncement of orders on this regard.
Lawyers of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi argued that Swamy was going on a “fishing and roving” exercise and that the Court should not allow his petition to summon documents from Income Tax and the Registrar of Companies. Advocates R S Cheema, Ramesh Gupta and Rebecca John vehemently objected to Swamy’s arguments. Swamy sought mainly documents related to the controversial Rs.90 crore transaction from Congress party and Associated Journals.
The Courtroom witnessed heated exchanges between Swamy and Congress lawyers. Many times Congress lawyers said the BJP leader was trying to create new cases against them from after getting new documents and his intentions were malicious. Swamy countered the arguments that accused can’t dictate what all the documents to be sought and urged the need for the documents which would expose the money laundering and illegalities in the National Herald scam.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]C[/dropcap]ongress lawyers objected many times when Swamy provoked them on the contents of the Congress party’s balance sheets and account statements during the scam period in 2010-2011. Swamy provoked them by distributing the controversial letters between Sardar Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru during 1950 about the dubious collection of funds from controversial businessmen. “Everyday Swamy is bringing some documents. This should not be permitted,” said Congress lawyers.
“This is not the part of the case. I just wanted to show the history and the nature of frauds happening for a long time with this organization,” Swamy retorted, and handed over the copy of the letters to the Magistrate.
Earlier in January the Court has allowed Swamy’s petition and all government documents submitted documents in a sealed cover. Congress leaders challenged trial court’s decision citing that they were not heard before passing the orders. Delhi High Court observed that trial court made an error by not hearing the arguments of the accused in this regard.
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