NewDelhi/Nagpur: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and deputy Rahul Gandhi are not required to appear in court in the National Herald case, the Supreme Court said today.
The court has, however, refused to stop trial in the case.
The Gandhis had moved the Supreme Court earlier this month, appealing against an order that asked them to appear in a Delhi trial court on February 20.
The two top leaders of the Congress had appeared in a Patiala House court in the capital on December 19, after the Delhi High Court refused to cancel summons to them.
They were granted bail in under five minutes, appearing in court surrounded by top party leaders in what was seen as a show of strength.
The Congress leaders have accused the BJP-led Narendra Modi government of “political vendetta” in the National Herald case, which has been filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.
Mr Swamy has accused the Gandhis and four others of attempting to illegally acquire real estate worth thousands of crores belonging to the National Herald, a newspaper founded by Jawaharlal Nehru and now defunct.