"This kind of political witch-hunt will only help us come back faster," Sonia told reporters in the Parliament House complex.

A Delhi court had in June issued summons to Sonia and her son Rahul Gandhi for misappropriating the funds of the National Herald newspaper that was shut down some years ago.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha, while issuing the summons, said, "I have found prima facie evidence against all the accused."

The court directed them to appear before it on August 7. Apart from Sonia and Rahul, the court also summoned senior Congress leaders Motilal Vora and Oscar Fernandes.

The court also issued summons to Sam Pitroda, former advisor to Manmohan Singh on public information, infrastructure and innovation, who also headed the National Innovation Council, a think tank to analyze and help implement strategies for inclusive innovation during the UPA regime.

Former journalist Suman Dubey, who is close to Gandhi family, was also summoned by the court. The summons were issued on a private complaint filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

The National Herald newspaper was established in 1938 by India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The newspaper was shut down in 2008.


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