Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday appeared earlier than the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in a money-laundering case associated to the Nationwide Herald newspaper after protests by the get together in Delhi and different components of the nation.
Common Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and chief ministers of Congress-ruled Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh marched to the Enforcement Directorate workplace from Akbar Street.
Earlier than their march, the Delhi Police imposed restrictions below Part 144 of the Felony Process Code, prohibiting the gathering of 4 or extra individuals within the areas across the Congress headquarters within the nationwide Capital.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel together with Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, KC Venugopal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Deepender Hooda and Jairam Ramesh have been amongst these detained by the Delhi Police.
“A number of Congress employees have been detained as a result of they needed to hold out a peaceable march,” Baghel instructed reporters.
Protests have been additionally held by the state models of the Congress in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Assam, and Gujarat.
Addressing the media on Monday morning, Congress chief Randeep Surjewala in contrast the Bharatiya Janata Occasion-led Union authorities’s restrictions to an “undeclared emergency”.
“The coward Modi authorities has deployed many police obstacles and police personnel and imposed an undeclared emergency in Central Delhi,” Surjewala stated, based on ANI. “This proves that the Modi authorities is shaken by Congress.”
Chowdhury alleged that the Delhi Police was intentionally not giving permission for his or her march.
“We wish to go alongside [with Rahul Gandhi], it isn’t a criminal offense,” Chowdhury stated. “We urged Amit Shah to permit us however to no avail. We imagine in peaceable protest and never instigating riots like BJP.”
Congress MP Karti Chidambaram stated that the circumstances towards the Gandhi household have been “bogus”.
“We’re right here from varied components of India to point out solidarity with our get together management and present the nation the blatant misuse of ED,” Chidambaram stated, based on ANI. “I’ve acquired ED notices the utmost occasions, so I’m the resident professional in Congress within the issues of ED.”
However, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra stated that the case towards the Gandhi household was not political.
“Mahatma Gandhi taught the world to struggle for reality whereas Congress is instructing the world to have fun corruption and struggle for it,” he stated. “Gandhi’s [Rahul and Sonia] are out on bail, it’s not a political case.”
The Enforcement Directorate had initially summoned Congress President Sonia Gandhi and MP Rahul Gandhi for questioning on June 8. On June 1, Rahul Gandhi, nonetheless, had sought a contemporary date from the central company saying he was not within the nation.
Sonia Gandhi, too, had sought extra time to seem earlier than the company, saying she is recuperating from Covid-19. She had examined optimistic for the illness on June 2. The Enforcement Directorate has summoned her to seem for questioning on June 23.
The Nationwide Herald case
The Nationwide Herald is printed by Related Journals Restricted and owned by Younger Indian Non-public Restricted. It was based and edited by Jawaharlal Nehru earlier than he turned India’s first prime minister.
In April 2008, the paper suspended operations because it had incurred a debt of over Rs 90 crore. Bharatiya Janata Occasion MP Subramanian Swamy has accused Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi of establishing the Younger Indian Non-public Restricted agency to purchase the debt utilizing the funds from the Congress.
In his grievance 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 Younger Indian agency paid solely Rs 50 lakh to acquire the precise to get better Rs 90.25 crore that the Related Journals Restricted owed to the Congress.
The get together had loaned the quantity to Related Journals Restricted on an interest-free foundation, based on court docket data. The Congress has claimed that there was no cash alternate and solely conversion of debt into fairness occurred to repay dues like salaries.