Both leaders are expected to sign the bail bond.

New Delhi : Even as plans to stage a show of strength were being drawn up at the Congress headquarters, there are indications that the Gandhis — Sonia and Rahul — scheduled to appear before a Delhi court in the National Herald case on Saturday are likely to follow a soft approach and will sign the bail bond, thus settling the issue of ‘jail or bail’.

Party sources indicated that the earlier hardline of refusing to sign a bail bond that ensures their appearance whenever the court summons them next has given way to a softer approach. ‘‘The court may not react positively to such a hardline approach,” said a senior party functionary. The case based on a private complaint by BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy has assumed tough political overtones with Sonia Gandhi recalling that she is the daughter-in-law of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and Rahul asserting that it is a case of political vendetta driven directly by the prime minister’s office. The course of events in the court on Saturday would obviously cast its shadow on future politics and the already hostile relationship between the BJP and the Congress could get sharper edges.

BJP spokespersons have been critical of the manner in which the Gandhis have acted in this matter and charged that they have amassed real estate worth thousands of crores in different places across the country, whereas the Congress has maintained that the assets are controlled by a not for profit company and the Gandhis have not gained even a ”single rupee” from these transactions.

Matters came to a head recently after a Delhi High Court set aside a petition filed on behalf of Gandhis to quash the case. After that the question ”jail or bail” assumed significance, and would be answered tomorrow. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up around the district court premises ahead of the Gandhis date with the court.

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