NEW DELHI: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning for the fourth day on Monday in the alleged National Herald money laundering case.
Gandhi was summoned to appear at the ED headquarters on Friday. However, the Congress leader had requested the agency to push back the questioning date on the account of his mother Sonia Gandhi’s illness.
Rahul, a Lok Sabha MP from Kerala’s Wayanad, has been questioned for over 31 hours by the financial probe agency over three days.
Rahul Gandhi, even during his questioning on Monday had gone to meet Sonia Gandhi along with his sister and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during the lunch break. On Tuesday night, after coming out of the ED office at 11.41 pm, he once again visited his mother.
Besides Rahul Gandhi, the ED also summoned Sonia Gandhi for questioning on June 23. Earlier, the ED had called Sonia Gandhi for questioning on June 8. However, she tested positive for Covid on June 2 and was admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on June 12.
The ED registered a fresh case about nine months ago after a trial court in Delhi took cognisance of an Income Tax Department probe. The probe was carried out based on a private criminal complaint filed by former BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in 2013.
Swamy claimed that Young Indian Limited (YIL) “took over” the assets of the defunct print media outlet in a “malicious” manner to gain profit and assets worth over Rs 2,000 crore. The BJP leader also alleged that YIL had paid Rs 50 lakh to obtain the rights to recover Rs 90.25 crore which AJL owed the Congress party.