22 hours of questioning, still not many answers... today again ED will shower questions on Rahul, know what happened in 2 days
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned former Congress President Rahul Gandhi for over 10 hours for the second consecutive day on Tuesday in a case of alleged money laundering related to the National Herald newspaper. summoned them again. Rahul Gandhi will appear before the ED for the third consecutive day on Wednesday. So at the same time, Congress leaders and workers protested against Rahul Gandhi on the second day of the ED's interrogation, after which the police took many people into custody. Police have implemented Section 144 in the area adjacent to the Congress Headquarters.
Terming the ED's interrogation of its leader as unconstitutional and an attempt to destroy the credibility of the Gandhi family, the main opposition party claimed that the government has trouble with the former party president because he raised the voice for the rights of farmers, youth and laborers. And has surrounded the Modi government regarding the Corona crisis and China's aggression on the border. Rahul Gandhi reached the ED's headquarters on APJ Abdul Kalam Road on Tuesday morning at 11.05 am for the second consecutive day. His sister and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi were also with him.
Inquiries lasted for more than 10 hours
Officials said that after completing the legal formalities, the questioning of Rahul Gandhi started at 11.30 am. After about four hours of interrogation, Rahul Gandhi came out at around 3.30 pm and reached the ED office again after an hour. The ED had questioned the Congress leader for more than 10 hours on Monday. After this, the ED asked him to appear again on Tuesday.
Congress leaders were taken into custody
According to the Congress, on Tuesday, the police detained party's organization general secretary KC Venugopal, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, deputy leader Gaurav Gogoi, MP Deepender Hooda, newly-elected Rajya Sabha member Imran Pratapgarhi and several other leaders. Venugopal released a video alleging that the Narendra Modi government was misusing the investigating agencies. Action is being taken against the leaders of Congress under the politics of vendetta. Congress is with the truth. We are not going to bow down and be afraid. Congress leaders and workers on Monday also held 'Satyagraha' and marches outside the ED offices in many cities of the country including Delhi, which is also being seen as a show of strength of the party.
Many leaders including P Chidambaram got hurt
The main opposition party had also claimed that several of its leaders, including former Home Minister P Chidambaram, suffered injuries due to the scuffle by the Delhi Police. However, the police had said that no force was used on their behalf and they did not have any information about any injuries caused by the policemen.
Interrogation of the Gandhi family is part of the investigation
The ED is recording the statement of Rahul Gandhi under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). In the same case, the ED has asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi to appear on June 23. Sonia Gandhi is unwell due to a coronavirus infection and is currently admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. According to officials, the questioning of senior Congress leaders and the Gandhi family is part of the ED's probe to understand the stake pattern, financial transactions, and role of promoters of 'Young Indian' and 'Associated Journals Limited (AJL).
ED is interrogating Rahul in this case
The promoters and shareholders of 'Young Indian' include Sonia Gandhi and some other members of Congress including Rahul Gandhi. The agency had registered a fresh case under the criminal provisions of the PMLA after a trial court in Delhi took cognizance of the Income Tax Department's investigation against the 'young Indian'. BJP leader Subramanyam Swamy had lodged a complaint in this regard in the year 2013. Swamy had accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and others of conspiracy to commit fraud and embezzlement of funds and said that Young Indian Private Limited had taken the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore. Paid only Rs 50 lakh, which AJL owed Congress.