Sonia Gandhi, Congress President is scheduled to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday for her second round of interrogation in the money laundering case involving the National Herald newspaper.
According to officials, she is expected to appear in a deposition before the federal investigation agency on July 26. Around noon so that the ED investigating officer can record her statement.
The agency initially intended to summon her on Monday but it got postponed by a day.
During her first day of questioning in the case on July 21, the 75-year-old Gandhi was interrogated for more than two hours. While responding to 28 questions posed by the agency. The case is an investigation into alleged financial irregularities in the Congress-supported Young Indian Private Limited. Which owns the National Herald newspaper.
Sonia Gandhi to be questioned again
In addition, a sizable force from the Delhi Police, including members of the CRPF and the RAF, are anticipated to be sent there. Further, to barricade the more than one-kilometer distance between her home and the ED office.
After the ED late last year filed a new case under the criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Action to question the Gandhis was taken.
This came about after a trial judge in this location recognized an Income Tax agency investigation into Young Indian. Which was as a result of a 2013 private criminal complaint filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy.
A majority shareholder and one of Young Indian’s promoters are Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. The Congress president owns 38% of the company, just like her son.
The federal probe agency’s move against its senior leadership has been criticised by Congress and dubbed a “political vendetta.”
The ED asserts that the AJL “owns” assets worth roughly Rs 800 crore. And the agency wants to hear from the Gandhis especially Sonia Gandhi. Moreover, how a not-for-profit organization like Young Indian Limited was engaging in commercial operations. Such as leasing out its real estate and other assets.