Where’s FIR? Chidambaram Questions ED Process In National Herald Probe

By: Anand Singh
Updated: June 14, 2022 14:56

NEW DELHI: Even as former Congress president Rahul Gandhi appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday for questioning for the second successive day, former Union minister and senior party leader P Chidambaram posed four questions to the BJP.

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said, “Will the learned spokespersons of the BJP please answer the following questions: Which is the ‘scheduled offence’ under PMLA that has triggered an investigation by ED? Which police agency has registered an FIR in respect of the scheduled offence?”

In another tweet, he asked, “Where is the FIR? Will you please show us a copy of the FIR? Did you know that absent a scheduled offence and absent an FIR, the ED has no jurisdiction to start an investigation under PMLA?”

Chidambaram, who was injured on Monday during the party’s Satyagrah March, alleged that he was manhandled by Delhi Police personnel and received a hairline fracture in his ribs.

Rahul Gandhi was questioned for over 10 hours on Monday in the National Herald case. He was asked to appear again on Tuesday.

Today, Rahul Gandhi arrived at the ED office along with his sister and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Several party MPs and CWC members including KC Venugopal, Deepender Hooda, Randeep Singh Surjewala, PL Punia, Ranjeet Ranjan and Manickam Tagore were detained again on Tuesday by Delhi Police.

The ED registered a fresh case about nine months ago after a trial court in Delhi took cognisance of an Income Tax Department probe carried out on the basis of 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.

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