- ED has summoned Congress president Sonia Gandhi
- Investigation in money laundering case related to National Herald
- Sonia Gandhi will appear before the agency on July 21
National Herald case: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has on July 21 summoned Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi to join the probe in the National Herald case. We tell you that earlier Sonia Gandhi extended the date of appearance before ED. The Enforcement Directorate has asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi to appear before the investigating agency by the end of July to record her statement in the National Herald money laundering case.
Rahul Gandhi was interrogated for more than 50 hours
In this case, the ED interrogated former Congress president Rahul Gandhi for more than 50 hours over 5 days. During this, his statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The Congress says the allegations leveled against its top leaders are baseless and the ED’s action is part of revenge politics. He also said that the party and its leadership will not bow down.
Sonia Gandhi had requested to extend this date
Notably, Sonia Gandhi had requested the ED to extend the date of appearance by a few weeks due to her ill health. ED accepted his request. The Congress leader is expected to appear today (June 23). Sources said that the Central Intelligence Agency has adjourned Sonia Gandhi for four weeks and now she has been asked to appear and record her statement by the end of July. The ED had on June 23 summoned the Congress leader in connection with the money laundering case related to the National Herald newspaper. He was earlier called to the ED on June 8, but after contracting Covid, he was called on June 23.
What is the National Herald Money Laundering Case?
After a trial court in Delhi took cognizance of the Income Tax department’s inquiry against the ‘young Indian’, the company registered a fresh case under the penal provisions of the PMLA. In this regard, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy filed a complaint in 2013. Swamy had accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others of conspiring to commit fraud and financial fraud, and alleged that Young Indian Pvt Ltd had committed Rs. 90.25 crore to get the right to redeem Rs. 50 lakhs only, which AJL owed to the Congress.
According to officials, senior Congress leaders and the Gandhi family were questioned as part of the ED probe to understand the shareholding pattern, financial transactions and role of advertisers in ‘Young Indian’ and ‘Associated Journals Limited’ (AJL). ‘Young Indian’ promoters and partners include Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi of the Congress party.