Sonia Gandhi to address Congress Parliamentary Party meeting today (Image: PTI)
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi to record her statement with the agency by the end of July, officials said on Thursday after it sought to adjourn her statement in a money-laundering case involving the National Herald newspaper. has accepted.
A second summon was issued to her by the agency for June 23, but the 75-year-old Congress leader could not keep the date as she was “strictly advised to take rest at home after being hospitalized due to Covid and lung infection”. .
Sources said the federal agency has postponed his questioning in the case for about four weeks and now he has been asked to appear sometime in the last week of July. Gandhi was earlier issued notice to appear on June 8, but when he reported positive for COVID-19, summons was issued for June 23.
The Congress president was on Monday discharged from a private hospital in Delhi where he was admitted for complications related to coronavirus. Days after testing positive for Covid-19 on June 2, she was admitted to the hospital on June 12.
The agency has questioned his son and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in the same case for about 54 hours in five days.
The probe pertains to alleged financial irregularities in Congress-promoted Young Indian Pvt Ltd, which owns the National Herald newspaper.
The ED had recently taken the step of questioning the Gandhi family after registering a fresh case under criminal provisions of the PMLA after a trial court here on the basis of a private criminal complaint filed by BJP MP Subramaniam on the basis of a private criminal complaint filed by Young Indian. Cognizance of Income Tax Department’s investigation was taken against him. owner in 2013
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are among the promoters and majority shareholders of Young Indian. Like his son, the Congress president holds 38 per cent stake. Swamy had accused Gandhi and others of conspiracy to commit fraud and misappropriation of funds, in which Young Indian had paid only Rs 50 lakh to obtain the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore, which is owned by Associated Journals Limited (AJL). ) was owed to Congress.
In February last year, the Delhi High Court issued notice to the Gandhi family to respond to Swamy’s plea, seeking to produce evidence in the case before the trial court.
The ED had questioned Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Pawan Bansal in this case in April. The Congress has accused the Center of misusing investigative agencies to target opposition leaders and termed the entire action as “political vendetta”.
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