India not a banana republic; Sonia, Rahul should face court: Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday rejected Congress charge of political vendetta on the part of Modi government in the National Herald case saying it has nothing to do with it.
Attacking the Congress over disruption of Parliament on the issue, he asked party leaders, including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi to face the courts saying India is not a banana republic in which Parliament or media can decide the guilt or innocence in such matters.
“No political vendetta. A private complaint was lodged. The government had nothing to do with it. The High Court has dismissed their case and asked them to go and face trial. Nobody in this country has immunity from law. They can challenge the orders in a higher court or face proceedings,” he said.
Earlier, both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day after repeated disruptions by Congress members over the case in which the Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the plea of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and others seeking quashing of summons against them and exemption from personal appearance.
Sonia, Rahul and others were on Tuesday directed to appear in person on December 19 by a Delhi court which allowed their plea seeking exemption from personal appearance for the day in the Herald case.