As part of its investigation into the Young Indians’ purchase of AJL (Associated Journals Limited), the company that published National Herald magazines, the ED has been looking into the Gandhis’ connection.
Ankur Chatterjee: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Delhi is summoning Sonia Gandhi, 75, regarding a possible money laundering case involving the National Herald newspaper. The Congress chief came at the investigation agency’s headquarters shortly after noon.
Sonia Gandhi was escorted by her Z+ security protection from the CRPF. Mrs Gandhi was accompanied by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who had recently been diagnosed with Covid. Ms Vadra will be authorized to remain in the ‘building, away from the questioning room, so that if her mother in case becomes ill, she can be with her and supply her with medicines,’ officials added.
The ED has been looking into the Gandhis’ connection in the matter involving the Young Indians’ purchase of AJL (Associated Journals Limited), the business that owned the National Herald newspaper. The journal, founded by Mr Gandhi’s grandfather, the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was a Congress outlet that subsequently went totally online.
The party has called the agency’s action a “political vengeance.” Numerous Congress leaders were arrested after nationwide protests in defense of the party’s leader.
Congress leaders stormed into the Parliament building today, carrying huge banners that said “stop misuse of ED,” in a show of strength against the Enforcement Directorate. A large number of demonstrations are also taking place across the country.
“The Prime Minister forgets that his concept of Congress is founded on figures who have been stolen from us. They must be reborn multiple times before they comprehend what the Congress Party and the Gandhi family are.” “In a press conference held this morning, the party stipulated
“We are opposing Mrs. Sonia Gandhi’s ED summons. The AJL-Young India transaction is recorded in the two firms’ books of accounts, returns, and Income Tax returns. The records contain all of the information that the ED seeks,” Congress leader P. Chidambaram, who was detained during rallies in Delhi, tweeted about it.
The BJP referred to the Congress’ demonstrations as “durgrah” (obstinate demand) for the Gandhi family’s protection. “The Congress has become a pocket organisation of a family, and now its assets are being swallowed by the family,” BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, referring to the Gandhis. He told reporters that both are free on bond in the case.
Earlier today, nearly 13 opposition parties joined a conference hosted by the Congress to discuss the Centre’s “relentless political vengeance.” A joint statement issued by opposition parties criticised the BJP-led Centre’s “misuse” of investigative agencies. The AAP, led by Arvind Kejriwal, has also issued a zero-hour notice for “misuse of central investigating agencies by the incumbent government.”
Following the third summon, the Congress chief appeared. After contracting coronavirus infection, she claimed exemption on earlier dates of June 8 and June 23.
Five policemen, led by a woman Additional Director, will examine Mrs Gandhi. According to sources in the Enforcement Directorate, the Congress chief will be permitted to rest if she becomes fatigued during her questioning.
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