Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi have been asked by a Delhi court to appear before it on August 7 on the basis of a complaint filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, alleging that they had fraudulently acquired Associated Journal Ltd. (AJL), that used to publish the now defunct National Herald newspaper, and transferred its assets worth crores of rupees to another company, Young Indian.

Besides the Gandhis, the other directors of Young Indian are Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, party general secretary Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda — all of whom have been summoned by the court.

Dismissing Dr. Swamy’s complaint as “false and motivated”, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the summons had been issued on a ‘stale’ complaint made in 2013. “We haven’t received the summons but you can be rest assured that a fitting, vigorous and appropriate response. We will seek legal advice and all their allegations in this respect will be demolished,” Mr. Singhvi said.