Sonia Gandhi ED Office: The questioning of Congress President Sonia Gandhi by the Enforcement Directorate on charges of money laundering in connection with the National Herald case ended today. He was asked over 100 questions in 12 hours spread over three days.
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75-year-old Sonia Gandhi spent three hours with the probe agency on the third day of her interrogation today. He hasn’t been called again.
On Tuesday, Sonia Gandhi was questioned for six hours. Enforcement Directorate officials said she was “quick” in answering questions.
His son and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was questioned for five days and asked about 150 questions.
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Officials said Mrs Gandhi was allegedly questioned about her involvement with the National Herald newspaper and Young Indian Pvt Ltd. The Enforcement Directorate will match their statement with that of Rahul Gandhi as both are majority stakeholders in Young Indian.
The Gandhi family is being investigated in what has been called the “National Herald case” involving Young Indian’s acquisition of Associated Journals Limited (AJL), the company that runs the National Herald newspaper founded by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
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Enforcement Directorate says Young Indian took over ₹800 crore in AJL’s assets. According to the Income Tax Department, it should be treated as the property of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, shareholders of Young Indian, for which they should pay tax.
Denying any wrongdoing, Congress claims that Young Indian is a “non-profit” company and hence, there can be no question of money laundering.
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During the three-day interrogation, the Congress President went to the investigative agency’s office with his daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was present with her medicine. Medical staff have also been kept on standby.
Every day since the interrogation of the Gandhi family in Delhi, the Congress has staged massive street protests and clashed with the police despite heavy security. Congress leaders and workers also clashed with the police today.
Rahul Gandhi was among the Congress leaders who were detained yesterday during their march from Parliament to Vijay Chowk in the heart of Delhi.
In a video, police is seen manhandling Youth Congress chief BV Srinivas and pulling his hair while trying to push him into the car.