In connection with a money laundering investigation involving National Herald, the Enforcement Directorate has summoned interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi.
The summons has sparked outrage from the Congress party, which claims the investigation was finished in 2015. “The BJP is intimidating political opponents by deploying stooges.” Congress lawmaker and senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi remarked, “National Heral has a history dating back to independence days.”
“The National Herald case was closed in 2015 by the ED. However, the government was not pleased, and the ED officers involved were fired, replaced, and the matter was reopened. This is being done to shift attention away from inflation and other pressing issues,” Singhvi explained.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has already questioned senior Congress politician Mallikarjun Kharge in connection with the money laundering investigation into the National Herald case in April 2022.
It’s worth noting that, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the Enforcement Directorate attached one of Mumbai’s most prestigious residences in Bandra in 2020. (PMLA). Associated Journals Limited was illegally given the land, which has a market value of hundreds of crores of rupees (AJL).
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi were brought to court in Delhi after Subramaniam Swamy filed a complaint accusing them of misappropriating the National Herald’s properties, bringing the Bandra plot into the spotlight. National Herald was given the above-mentioned property in Bandra at subsidised rates in 1983 in order to publish the newspaper.
In the matter of Associated Journals & National Herald, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had earlier in December 2018 attached land worth Rs 30 crores in Mohali awarded by former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. In 2918, the Supreme Court upheld the Income Tax Department’s decision to re-open the National Herald Case’s tax assessment for the fiscal year 2011-2012.
Scam of the National Herald
The Gandhis are directly charged in the National Herald fraud, which is one of the most well-known court cases in Indian history.In the acquisition of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) by Young Indian Pvt Ltd, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia, as well as senior aides Oscar Fernandez, Motilal Vohra, and Sam Pithroda, are accused of enormous ‘cheating and violation of trust’ (YIL). Assets worth crores of rupees were allegedly moved for reasons other than those for which they were originally intended for a pittance. In December 2015, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were granted unconditional release.