"The entire episode leading to filing of a complaint by Subramanian Swamy is nothing but a motivated, mischievous and malicious attempt by him and BJP's dirty tricks department to unleash their revengeful vendetta. While the matter is subjudice and no summons have been received till date by Congress president, vice-president or other leaders, I would like to say that we shall take appropriate legal advice and counter the matter in appropriate fora," party spokesperson Randip Surjewala said. (Agencies)
Seeking to dismiss the controversy over the case of alleged misappropriation and fraud against Sonia and Rahul, he said that the party will counter the matter in the appropriate forum.
The Congress spokesperson said that both Swamy and his colleagues in the BJP forgot to tell the court that the Young Indians is not for profit organization under Section 25 of the Companies Act.
He said that in such a company none of the directors or shareholder can claim any remuneration, salary and other emoluments and it is a prerequisite that no profit or dividend can be given to any stakeholder.
Surjewala said that all shareholders and directors in such a company have to abide by the defined objective and in the case of Young Indians, the defined objective was to ensure preservation of democratic values, protection of fundamentals of secularism and propagation of the thought process of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.
Sonia and Rahul were on Thursday summoned as accused by a local court for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring ownership of the now-defunct daily National Herald.
Holding that Swamy, who moved the complaint, has established a prima facie case, Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha had also issued summons to AICC treasurer Moti Lal Vohra, general secretary Oscar Fernandes, and Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda, besides the top Congress leaders, to appear before the court on August 7.
All of them are directors of Young Indian Ltd (YI), a company that was incorporated in 2010 and which took over the ‘debt’ of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the publisher of National Herald.
Replying to a question about the quizzing of West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a ‘witness’ in connection with its probe into allegations of bribery in the Rs 3600-crore VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland, Surjewala said the law is above all.
"However high you may be, the law is above you. Anybody and everybody can be questioned by CBI. But we do expect that the probe will be fair, impartial and independent," he said.
The Congress spokesperson also criticized Health Minister Harsh Vardhan over his views on sex education in schools.
"We have been receiving various gems of wisdom from our Health Minister on sex education and other issues. I do not know which school teaches vulgar sex education? What does that mean? Control of population without coercive measures, use of contraceptives and sex education are part of the defined national and international policy of sex education," he said.
Dismissing reports that he proposed a ban on sex education, Vardhan earlier said that crudity and graphic representation of culturally objectionable symbols as manifested in the UPA's so called sex education programme cannot be called sex education.
Responding to questions about Congress leader from Madhya Pradesh Ajay Singh training his guns on Governor Ram Naresh Yadav in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam, Surjewala said that a thorough inquiry should be carried out in the scam ‘irrespective of whosoever occupying any Constitutional or legal post’.
He said that the scam should be thoroughly investigated as names of people close to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and many ministers have figured in it.
"This scam has revealed the real face of the RSS and the BJP to the nation," he said.
"The entire episode leading to filing of a complaint by Subramanian Swamy is nothing but a motivated, mischievous and malicious attempt by him and BJP's dirty tricks department to unleash their revengeful vendetta. While the matter is subjudice and no summons have been received till date by Congress president, vice-president or other leaders, I would like to say that we shall take appropriate legal advice and counter the matter in appropriate fora," party spokesperson Randip Surjewala said.