Gandhis to appear in court today

New Delhi:  Congress activists are expected to put up a massive show of strength in the National Capital on Saturday when party president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi appear before a trial court in the National Herald case.

Congress MPs have been asked to stay put in Delhi and leaders from neighbouring states have been mobilising forces to express solidarity with the leadership in trying times.

India Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi (L) and Vice President Rahul Gandhi look on during a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in New Delhi on September 8, 2015.  AFP PHOTO/PRAKASH SINGH / AFP / PRAKASH SINGH

Sonia is expected to address a meeting of party MPs at the AICC headquarters at 1 pm on Saturday, a couple of hours before she drives down to the Patiala Courts complex to appear before Metropolitan Magistrate Loveleen on a complaint filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

However, the show of strength by the Congress is expected to be near the party headquarters and a march to the court is unlikely. Sonia, Rahul, senior leaders Motilal Vora and Oscar Fernandes and close associate Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda are expected to drive down to the court in their respective vehicles.

“We are open to availing all legal remedies and options, including bail,” Randeep Singh Surjewala, chairman of the AICC Communication Department, said when asked whether Sonia and Rahul would apply for bail.

Surjewala said the Congress leadership does not want the court process to be interfered with or influenced in any manner and so the party has asked workers not to come to the court.

The party has been maintaining so far that a decision would be taken in accordance with the advice of lawyers. “Unnecessary hype over a routine procedure need not be created by the media. We are proceeding in every manner in accordance with the law,” senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is representing the Gandhis, said.

Congress sources said bail bonds of Rs 5 lakh each have been prepared for all the six accused in the case.

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