National Herald case: Sonia Gandhi seems earlier than ED for second time
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday appeared earlier than the Enforcement Directorate for the second time in connection to a money-laundering case associated to the National Herald newspaper, ANI reported. She was accompanied by Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi was beforehand questioned for 3 hours on July 21.
The Enforcement Directorate had then requested her to look on July 25, however later mentioned they’ll query her on July 26.
On Tuesday morning, members of Congress staged protests throughout the nation towards the motion by the company. They alleged that the Enforcement Directorate’s motion mirrored the “vendetta politics” of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central authorities.
In Delhi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was detained by the police, together with different senior leaders, whereas protesting close to the Vijay Chowk, in accordance with NDTV. He was taken to the Parliament Street police station.
Rahul Gandhi was a part of a protest march by Congress MPs which occurred on the Mahatma Gandhi statue on Parliament premises.
A scuffle was additionally reported from exterior the get together headquarters within the nationwide capital between Congress employees and the Delhi Police.
Senior Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge mentioned that the protest was being held as per the instruction of the police.
“All of this is a conspiracy by PM Modi and Amit Shah to completely destroy the Opposition and muzzle our voices,” Kharge mentioned, in accordance with ANI. “We won’t be scared, our fight will continue.”
Earlier within the day, Congress General Secretary Ajay Maken claimed that the get together members had been denied permission to protest exterior the Rajghat – the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, PTI reported.
“It is very unfortunate that the government of India has refused to give permission to us to stage a satyagraha, Maken said. “It is the same BJP which organised a protest on June 5, 2015, in support of Baba Ramdev in 2005. If the principal opposition party in the country is not allowed to stage a satyagraha, then it amounts of murder of democracy. Where will democracy survive.”
The case towards the Gandhis
The National Herald is printed by Associated Journals Limited and owned by Young Indian Private Limited.
In April 2008, the paper suspended operations because it had incurred a debt of over Rs 90 crore. Bharatiya Janata Party MP Subramanian Swamy has accused Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi of establishing the Young Indian Private Limited agency to purchase the debt utilizing the funds from the Congress.
In his criticism earlier than a trial court docket, Swamy accused the Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate the funds. He has alleged that the Young Indian agency paid solely Rs 50 lakh to acquire the suitable to recuperate Rs 90.25 crore that the Associated Journals Limited owed to the Congress.
The get together had loaned the quantity to Associated Journals Limited on an interest-free foundation, in accordance with court docket information. The Congress has claimed that there was no cash trade and solely conversion of debt into fairness occurred to repay dues like salaries.