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Rahul seems earlier than ED for questioning in cash laundering case


Gandhi entered the ED headquarters round 11 AM after he began from the Congress workplace accompanied by a big convoy of celebration leaders

New Delhi: Accompanied by a battery of celebration leaders, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Monday appeared earlier than the Enforcement Directorate right here for questioning in a cash laundering investigation associated to the Nationwide Herald newspaper.

Gandhi, who entered the headquarters of the federal probe company in central Delhi round 11.10 am, is anticipated to write down down his assertion, officers mentioned.

 

The previous Congress president, who left for the ED workplace from the Congress headquarters in Akbar Highway, was accompanied by celebration leaders, together with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and former finance minister P Chidambaram.

Priyanka Gandhi sat on Rahul Gandhi’s left aspect in his automobile because the convoy of seven SUVs, escorted by armed CRPF personnel, entered the ED workplace oN APJ Abdul Kalam Highway.

Rahul Gandhi, 51, is a Z+ class protectee of the CRPF after the Union authorities withdrew the Gandhi household’s SPG cowl in 2019.

The ED will file the assertion of the Lok Sabha member from Wayanad in Kerala below prison sections of the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA). The probe pertains to alleged monetary irregularities within the party-promoted Younger Indian that owns the Nationwide Herald newspaper.

 

Nationwide Herald is printed by the Related Journals Restricted (AJL) and owned by Younger Indian Pvt Restricted.

Rahul Gandhi is anticipated to be grilled concerning the incorporation of Younger Indian firm, the operations of the Nationwide Herald and the funds switch throughout the information media institution.

“The Congress celebration will struggle this oppression by the Modi authorities,” Indian Youth Congress President Srinivas BV instructed PTI close to the ED workplace.

“We’re not scared. The Modi authorities needs to be ashamed that they’ve turned central Delhi right into a fortress simply because our chief goes to the ED along with his supporters,” he mentioned simply earlier than he was detained by the police.

 

The Congress celebration mentioned in press convention within the morning that each one funds’ motion on this case had been official.

The company questioned senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Pawan Bansal in April as a part of the investigation.

The questioning of the senior Congress leaders and the Gandhis is a part of the ED’s investigation to know the share holding sample, monetary transactions and position of the promoters of Younger Indian and AJL, officers had mentioned.

The ED not too long ago registered a recent case below the prison provisions of the PMLA after a trial court docket right here took cognisance of an Revenue Tax Division probe in opposition to Younger Indian Pvt Ltd on the premise of a personal prison grievance filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in 2013.

 

The Congress celebration had referred to as the ED motion “vendetta”. It has termed the costs “pretend and baseless” and added that the summonses to the Gandhis was a part of the BJP’s “vendetta politics”.

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, are among the many promoters and shareholders of Younger Indian.

Swamy had accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds with Younger Indian Pvt Ltd paying solely Rs 50 lakh to acquire the correct to recuperate Rs 90.25 crore that Affiliate Journals Ltd owed to the Congress.

The Delhi Excessive Court docket in February final yr issued a discover to the Gandhis for his or her response on Swamy’s plea searching for to guide proof within the matter earlier than the trial court docket.

 

The Gandhis had secured separate bails from the court docket in 2015 after they furnished private bonds of Rs 50,000 and one surety.

They, nonetheless, contended within the Delhi Excessive Court docket that the plea by Swamy was “misconceived and untimely”.

The opposite accused on this case filed by Swamy are shut Gandhi aides Suman Dubey and technocrat Sam Pitroda. They’ve earlier denied any wrongdoing.

Congress staff detained forward of Rahul’s look earlier than ED

Hours earlier than Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to look earlier than the Enforcement Directorate in reference to a cash laundering case, the Congress staff who gathered for the march in opposition to the ED on Monday had been detained from areas round AICC workplace at Akbar street right here and brought to Mandir Marg police station, officers mentioned.

 

A day earlier than the scheduled march, the Delhi Police has denied permission for it.

“Hours earlier than the scheduled seem earlier than the ED, the Congress staff have been detained Akbar Highway, Q Level APJ Kalam Highway and Man Sing Highway and brought to Mandir Marg police station,” a senior police officer mentioned.

The police has additionally put up a poster of the order on the barricades exterior the AICC workplace.

“Safety have been stepped up as per the proposed march by the Congress leaders regardless of denying them permission. All of the routes resulting in their proposed vacation spot have been closely barricaded with ample deployment of forces as a precautionary measure,” the officer mentioned.

 

Forward of the proposed march by the Congress leaders, the Delhi Police mentioned that it has imposed part 144 CrPC stopping the meeting of greater than 4 individuals within the space asking them to not violate the legislation.

“Part 144 CrPC is imposed right here. It’s requested to all of you that don’t violate the Act 144 CrPC in any other case strict authorized motion will probably be taken,” mentioned an order from deputy Commissioner of police, New Delhi district.

As a result of proposed protest, particular visitors preparations have been made within the space, police mentioned.

Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Site visitors Police issued an advisory concerning the visitors preparations in a collection of tweets in order that no inconvenience is brought about to the commuters taking the route.

 

“……inwards motion of buses will probably be restricted in New Delhi past Gol Dak Khana Junction, Patel Chowk, Windsor Place, Teen Murti Chowk, Prithviraj Highway,” the visitors police tweeted.

The visitors police have urged commuters to keep away from sure routes until 12 pm because of the protest to keep away from any inconvenience to themselves.

“Kindly keep away from Motilal Nehru Marg, Akbar Highway, Janpath & Man Singh Highway between 0700 hrs & 1200 hrs. Because of particular preparations visitors motion won’t be potential on these roads,” the tweet mentioned.

“Kindly keep away from Gol Methi junction, Tughlak Highway Junction, Claridges Junction, Q-point Junction, Sunehri Masjid Junction, Maulana Azad Highway Junction & Man Singh Highway Junction between 0700 hrs & 1200 hrs. Because of particular preparations there will probably be heavy visitors motion on these roads,” mentioned one other tweet.

 

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