Asia Briefs: Court: Sonia, Rahul to face trial in graft case

Court: Sonia, Rahul to face trial in graft case

NEW DELHI • India's Supreme Court said yesterday that opposition leaders Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul will have to face trial in a case involving the alleged misuse of party funds, but exempted them from appearing in court.

The Gandhis have been accused of cheating and criminal breach of trust by setting up a shell company to illegally gain control of properties worth US$300 million (S$419 million) that belonged to a company that published a newspaper founded by Rahul's great grandfather.

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Strong earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA • A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia late yesterday but no tsunami warning was immediately issued.

The quake was centred 3km east-southeast of Andekantor in the Sumba region at a depth of 30km, the US Geological Survey said. The Indonesian disaster mitigation agency said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Court: Sonia, Rahul to face trial in graft case'. Print Edition | Subscribe