Gallows to the December 16 gangrape convicts and high profile matters relating to defamation, bribery allegations, overseas funding of major political parties and policy issues kept the Delhi High Court busy in 2014 during which Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul also sought relief in the National Herald case.The Gandhis, who were trying to come to terms with Congress’ debacle in the general elections, suffered another rude shock after they were summoned as accused by a trial court in the alleged misappropriation of party fund for acquisition of Herald, after which they approached the high court which stayed the order.The case against them and Congress treasurer Moti Lal Vora, General Secretary Oscar Fernandes, Sam Pitroda and Suman Dubey was lodged by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who also opposed the Tata-AirAsia venture which was cleared by the UPA-II government.Others close to the Gandhi camp, who got relief from the High Court were Sonia’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and her close aide Vincent George with former getting success in avoiding court-monitored probe in various land deals and the latter winning an appeal to set aside a 13-year-old disproportionate assets case against him.Congress leaders like Rasheed Masood and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who also moved the high court, however, did not get the relief they had sought.Masood’s plea for bail on health ground in the medical seat scam case was rejected by the court which also refused to waive the Rs 3 lakh fine imposed on Dikshit by a trial court for not appearing before it in a defamation case lodged by her against BJP leader Vijender Gupta.Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its chief Arvind Kejriwal, who governed Delhi for 49 days, were also embroiled in cases over allegations of defamatory remarks, foreign funding, exceeding poll expenses and using forged papers for registering the party, made against them by rivals, including BJP.The convicts in high profile criminal cases too had a tough time in the high court which did not spare gallows to the four convicts in the December 16 gangrape case apart from holding D P Yadav’s son and nephew guilty of killing Nitish Katara.

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Sonia Gandhi, son Rahul sought Delhi High Court relief in 2014