New Delhi, 15 June
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday for the third consecutive day in the National Herald money laundering case.
Gandhi (51) arrived at the ED headquarters at APJ Abdul Kalam Road in central Delhi around 11.35 am with his “Z+” category CRPF security escort. He was accompanied by his sister and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
He left this office on Tuesday night at 11:30 pm after questioning for more than 11 hours.
A large contingent of police and paramilitary forces were deployed around the federal agency’s office and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) were in place.
The Congress MP from Wayanad has spent nearly 21 hours in the ED’s office in the last two days, where he was questioned over several sessions and his statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Officials said that Gandhi’s interrogation could not be completed on Tuesday and hence he was asked to continue recording his statement on Wednesday.
Around 15-16 questions have been posed to Gandhi regarding the incorporation of the Young Indian Company, the operation of the National Herald newspaper, the loans given by the Congress to Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and fund transfers to the news media establishment. During the interrogation so far, the sources have indicated.
The probe pertains to alleged financial irregularities in Congress-promoted Young Indian Pvt Ltd, which owns the National Herald newspaper.
The newspaper is published by Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and is owned by Young Indian Private Limited.
Rahul Gandhi’s mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who is currently admitted in a hospital here due to issues related to Kovid, has also been called by the agency for questioning in the matter on June 23.
The Congress has accused the Center of misusing investigative agencies to target opposition leaders and termed the entire action as political vendetta.