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Sonia Gandhi ED case: Congress president's second round of questioning ends, to be quizzed again tomorrow

Sonia Gandhi ED case: Today's questioning session could see the agency asking questions on the functioning and running of the newspaper, the role of its various office bearers, Sonia Gandhi and her son's participation in the affairs of the National Herald and Young Indian.

Vani Mehrotra Edited By: Vani Mehrotra @vani_mehrotra New Delhi Updated on: July 26, 2022 22:14 IST
Sonia Gandhi ED questioning
Image Source : PTI FILE - Sonia Gandhi attends the conclusion event of Azadi Gaurav Yatra, in New Delhi

Sonia Gandhi ED case LIVE Updates: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday questioned Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the second time in six days in the National Herald newspaper-linked money laundering case, officials said. As ED officials quizzed Gandhi, 75, for six hours and asked her to appear before the agency for the third round of questioning on Wednesday, Congress workers staged 'satyagraha' in several parts of the country to protest against the alleged misuse of central agencies. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and several party MPs were detained by police at Vijay Chowk in the national capital. "India is a police state, Modi is a king," said Rahul, who sat on the road before being put in a police bus. The Congress leaders were later released after being in detention for several hours. During today's questioning when her statement was recorded, Sonia Gandhi's response was sought to a set of around 30 questions pertaining to her involvement with the National Herald newspaper and Young Indian Pvt Ltd, the company under scanner in the case, officials said. She was questioned for nearly 2.5 hours at the ED office in central Delhi from 11 AM which continued after a 90-minute lunch break before ending at around 7 PM. The Congress chief had reached the ED office in the morning with her Z+ armed security cover, and was accompanied by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. While Priyanka stayed back at the ED office, Rahul left soon after to join the Congress protests. Priyanka was in another room at the ED office so she could meet her mother to provide her medicines or medical assistance if necessary, officials said. Sonia Gandhi was questioned for over two hours on July 21 during which she replied to 28 questions put forth by the agency. She had reiterated the Congress party stand that the Young Indian was a "not for profit" company and no personal benefits were gained by them. She has been summoned against for questioning on Wednesday.

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  • 12:08 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

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    What is the National Herald money laundering case?

    The move to question the Gandhis was initiated after the ED late last year registered a fresh case under the criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

    This was after a trial court here took cognisance of an Income Tax department probe against Young Indian based on a private criminal complaint by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in 2013.

    Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are among the promoters and majority shareholders in Young Indian. Like her son, the Congress president too has 38 per cent shareholding.

    Swamy had accused the Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds, with Young Indian paying only Rs 50 lakh to obtain the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore that Associate Journals Limited owed to the Congress.

    In February last year, the Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Gandhis seeking their response to Swamy's plea. Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Pawan Bansal were questioned by the ED in the case in April.

    Congress has maintained there has been no wrongdoing and Young Indian is a "not-for-profit" company established under section 25 of the Companies Act and hence there can be no question of money laundering.

    It is understood that Rahul Gandhi, during his deposition before the ED, stuck to the position that there was no personal acquisition of assets by himself or his family.

    According to the ED, assets worth about Rs 800 crore are "owned" by the AJL and the agency wants to know from the Gandhis how a not-for-profit company like Young Indian was undertaking commercial activities of renting out its land and building assets.

  • 12:05 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

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  • 12:04 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

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