Congress leaders on Saturday demanded interim stay on restraining BJP leader Subramanian Swamy from “derogatory style” of tweeting about the National Herald case and Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. However, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal did not heed to the demands and posted the case for further arguments on October 20, as Swamy sought time to reply.
The Courtroom was full of fun and the Judge seemed to have enjoyed when Congress lawyers started reading out and produced more than 2000 tweets of Swamy accusing Sonia and Rahul. The Congress leaders lead lawyer R S Cheema said that Swamy is always mentioning Sonia Gandhi as TDK. He said that TDK is short for Tadaka. “Tadaka was Rakshasi (lady demon) who killed many Brahmins and was killed by Lord Rama,” said Cheema, leading to laughter in the courtroom. Cheema cited several times that Swamy was calling his clients as TDK and Buddhu. However, he did not specify who Buddhu is.
“He is tweeting wildly. Even court procedures were misinterpreted. He is abusing us also. He is calling us Congi lawyers. What is the meaning of this?. We are lawyers and not Congi lawyers,” Cheema went on, citing many tweets of Swamy in his 30-minute arguments. However senior lawyers like Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Singhvi were not present. There is a rumor in the Congress circles that former Finance Minister P Chidambaram had complained to Sonia Gandhi about the poor performance of his colleagues and got them removed from the case.
After the Congress lawyers arguments of more than 30 minutes, Swamy said that he needs time to reply to all these allegations. “Why seeking time? Do you need to Tweet again? Within half an hour you will start tweeting, “ Cheema commented when Judge posted the case to October 20. Judge did not heed to the Congress demand of interim stay. He was seen most of the time enjoying with a smile when the lawyers were reading out Swamy’s “derogatory” tweets.
Coming out from the court, Swamy told the media that on October 20, he will give a fitting reply to the Congress leadership, who is nowadays talking too much on freedom of expression. He then tweeted:
Today’s NH proceedings in Patiala Court was interesting and enjoyable. My reply will be on 20th which will even more interesting and enjoyable
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) October 6, 2018
Meanwhile, the cross-examination of Subramanian Swamy by the Congress leaders will start on October 27, which promises to be exciting, in the politically sensitive National Herald case.