Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Vaibhav Mehta said that since the right to travel is a fundamental right and the court had not imposed any restrictions on Gandhi’s travel…
A metropolitan court in the national capital Delhi on Wednesday (May 23) asked former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy to file his reply by Friday on an application filed by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for a new passport. Is. Rahul Gandhi is an accused in the National Herald case, in which Subramanian Swamy is the complainant.
Why has Rahul Gandhi approached the court
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Vaibhav Mehta said that since the right to travel is a fundamental right and the court had not imposed any restrictions on Gandhi’s travel, he had traveled several times without seeking permission from any court. The court has fixed May 26 as the next date of hearing on Rahul Gandhi’s application. Magistrate (ACMM) Vaibhav Mehta said while granting bail to Gandhi in December 2015, the court had not imposed any restrictions on his travel.
The magistrate noted that the court had then rejected Swamy’s request to ban Rahul Gandhi’s visit. Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as an MP after being convicted in a criminal defamation case by a court in Surat, Gujarat. After this, Rahul had returned the diplomatic travel documents. Rahul Gandhi has moved the court for the purpose of getting a no objection certificate for obtaining a ‘normal passport’. Rahul Gandhi’s counsel Tarannum Cheema appeared along with advocates Nikhil Bhalla and Sumit Kumar. He requested the Congress leader to be given a No Objection Certificate (NOC) so that he could get a new passport.
Court gives date to hear Subramaniam Swamy’s application
Magistrate (ACMM) Vaibhav Mehta, however, said that Subramanian Swamy has a right to file his reply to the application. After seeking time, the court allowed Swamy to file his reply by May 26. The magistrate said that he would hear arguments in the matter on the same day.
The National Herald case is based on a private criminal complaint by Swamy against Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others, accusing them of cheating, conspiracy and criminal breach of trust. A court had granted him bail on December 9, 2015, saying the accused were eminent persons and there was no apprehension that they would abscond. Swamy has accused him of fraud and misappropriation of funds in acquiring the ownership of the now defunct English daily National Herald.
Bhasha Devendra Naresh