According to sources, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi has said that the party would respond vigorously to the accusations made by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. Singhvi will reportedly represent the Congress leaders in the court.

Asserting that the party would not be cowed down by such ‘revengeful witch-hunts’, it also cautioned the NDA government over the issue as it wondered from where Swamy is getting financial support to continue with his ‘document peddling’.

When asked whether Congress will file a defamation suit against Swamy, party spokesperson Anand Sharma said, “We will show him his true place.”

Sharma said that Swamy is known to be a ‘habitual petition writer and document peddler’ who has not even spared the BJP and RSS leadership and has said ‘most scandalous things’ against BJP leaders including Atal Behari Vajpayee.

"They will get a very robust response and we will show them where they are. We will respond to it legally. The question is of maintainability," he said, adding that Swamy had made a similar petition to the Election Commission in 2012, which was rejected by the poll panel.

Another party spokesman Randeep Surjewala said, "Swamy and the BJP must understand that neither the Nehru-Gandhi family nor Indian National Congress will get cowed down by such revengeful witch-hunts."

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

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


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