National Herald Case: Court abates proceedings against late Congress Leader Moti Lal Vora

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On Saturday, a Delhi Court abated criminal proceedings against late Congress leader Moti Lal Vora in the National Herald case.

The order was passed by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sachin Gupta in Rouse Avenue Court following the demise of the veteran leader in Dec 2020.

Lawyer for Vora placed his death certificate on record & prayed for abatement of proceedings with respect to him. Following the filing of the death verification report, the Court ordered, “Proceedings in the present case qua the accused no.3 Sh. Moti Lal Vora stands abated.”

The National Herald case was filed by BJP Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy and being heard by a Special Court in Delhi’s Rouse Avenue. Earlier Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer RS Cheema had partly cross-examined Subramanian Swamy in the matter.

The case will be heard next on Feb 11, 2021.

According to Swamy’s complaint, Associated Journals Limited (AJL), owner of the National Herald newspaper, had taken an interest-free loan of Rs 90.25 crore from the Indian National Congress. It is alleged that the loan was not repaid. Swamy had filed the case in 2012 accusing the Gandhis & others of conspiring to cheat & misappropriate funds.

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