Indian court grants bail to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in corruption case: Lawyer

Rahul Gandhi, delivers a speech during a protest by tea plantation workers in New Delhi, India on Dec 16, 2015.
Rahul Gandhi, delivers a speech during a protest by tea plantation workers in New Delhi, India on Dec 16, 2015.PHOTO: EPA

NEW DELHI (AFP) – An Indian court granted bail to opposition leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi minutes after they arrived at a Delhi court Saturday (Dec 19) over allegations they illegally acquired a newspaper’s assets.

“Bail was granted, the matter stands adjourned until Feb20,” defence lawyer R.S. Cheema, who was inside the courtroom, told reporters.

Hundreds of police and paramilitaries stood guard outside the Patiala trial court as the Congress party leaders, scions of India’s most famous political dynasty, drove in.

After proceedings lasting about 20 minutes a magistrate granted the pair bail on a personal bond of 50,000 rupees (S$1,066) each, the lawyer said.

Sonia Gandhi’s daughter, Priyanka Gandhi, and former defence minister A.K. Antony provided personal sureties.