National Herald case: ED will ask Sonia Gandhi the same questions that were asked to Rahul Gandhi


New Delhi. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the National Herald case. He will be asked the same questions that were asked to Rahul Gandhi during his five days of interrogation. ED sources gave this information. The ED has asked Sonia Gandhi to join the probe in mid-July. He was earlier to be questioned on June 23, which was postponed on health grounds. “We have to inquire about his role in the deal between Young India and Associated Journal Ltd (AJL),” the sources said.

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had said that late Motilal Vora was looking into these matters. Vora held 12 per cent stake in Young India, while Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi held 76 per cent. According to the ED, the Gandhi family was the major beneficiary in the entire deal. According to officials, the questioning of senior Congress leaders and the Gandhi family is part of the ED’s probe to understand the stake pattern, financial transactions and role of promoters of ‘Young Indian’ and ‘Associated Journals Limited’ (AJL). . The promoters and shareholders of ‘Young Indian’ include Sonia Gandhi and some other Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi.

Subramanian Swamy had filed a complaint in 2013

The agency had registered a fresh case under criminal provisions of PMLA after a trial court in Delhi took cognizance of the Income Tax Department’s investigation against Young Indian Pvt Ltd. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy had lodged a complaint in this regard in 2013. BJP MP Swamy had accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others of conspiracy to commit fraud and embezzlement of funds of Young Indian Pvt Ltd. Swamy had also alleged that Young Indian Pvt Ltd had paid only Rs 50 lakh to get rights to recover Rs 90.25 crore, which AJL owed to the Congress.

Delhi High Court had issued notice to Sonia and Rahul in February 2021

In February last year, the Delhi High Court had issued notices to Sonia, Rahul for their reply on Swamy’s petition. In the petition, a request was made to present evidence in this case in the lower court. Sonia, Rahul had secured bail from the court in 2015 after separately paying personal bonds of Rs 50,000 and one surety of like amount. However, he argued in the Delhi High Court that Swamy’s petition was based on false facts and was filed ‘prematurely’. The other accused in the case registered by Swamy are Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda. They have said in the past that they did nothing wrong.

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