National Herald Case HIGHLIGHTS: Sonia Gandhi grilled by ED for 3 hours, summoned again on July 25

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National Herald Case HIGHLIGHTS: Sonia Gandhi grilled by ED for 3 hours, summoned again on July 25
National Herald Case: Water cannons being used to disperse Congress protesters in Delhi. (ANI)

Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the National Herald money-laundering case. She has been summoned again on July 25. The 75-year-old Gandhi reached the ED office after she left from her 10 Janpath residence at 12 pm today along with Rahul and Priyanka. She was questioned for three hours by the ED. While the Congress claimed that the ED had nothing to ask Gandhi after 3 pm, the central agency claimed that Gandhi had requested for early leave. Taking to Twitter, Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram wrote, “The ED had no more questions after 3 pm. Despite Mrs Sonia Gandhi offering to continue to be available for questioning, the ED concluded the questioning today. We were allowed to leave the Kingsway Camp police lines at 4 pm. On my way home.”

The ED questioned Sonia Gandhi’s association with the Young India Private Limited, the acquisition of the debt-ridden AJL, the subsequent use of AJL’s properties and if the company was associated with any non-profit activities. Gandhi holds 38% shares in the company, while she is also a director. Several Congress leaders, including 75 MPs were detained and sent to different police stations across Delhi. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot’s security had tried to resist the Delhi police officials from arresting Gehlot. The leaders were released after Gandhi’s questioning was over. Protests at several places in the country also took a violent turn, with Congress workers blocking the railway track and stopping a train in Delhi and youth workers burning a car in retaliation for Sonia Gandhi’s deposition before ED.

Earlier, the Congress MPs had left the Parliament for the party headquarters at Akbar Road, along with anti-Modi and anti-ED posters, shouting, Sansad sey Sadak taak. There was a five-tier security outside AICC headquarters. The protesters were intercepted by the police during their march to the ED office from the AICC headquarters. Sonia Gandhi was accompanied by a doctor due to her ailing health, while her request for a lawyer was turned down. After organising nationwide protests across India during her son Rahul Gandhi’s deposition before ED last month, the party had once again decided to hit the streets today against BJP-led government’s “vendetta politics.” Earlier, the central agency had allowed Sonia Gandhi’s request for deferring her summons as she was recovering from COVID.

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17:09 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Sonia Gandhi left after 3 hours as ED didn’t have anything to ask, says Jairam Ramesh

Today, Sonia Gandhi had gone to ED office & was interrogated for 2-3 hrs, after which ED officials allowed her to leave as they didn't have anything else to ask. On this, Congress president replied that they can ask her as many questions as they want:Congress leader Jairam Ramesh

16:13 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Angry Congress workers burn scrap car in Bengaluru

Angry Youth Congress workers burnt a scrap car as they stormed the streets of Bengaluru. This is just the beginning, don't know what will happen when Sonia Gandhi is called again, Karnataka Youth Congress Chief Mohammed Haris Nalapad told India Today.

16:07 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Congress workers block railway tracks, stop a train in Delhi

Congress workers stop a train and block railway tracks at Shivaji Bridge railway station in Delhi.

15:04 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Truth will prevail over ‘arrogance and dictatorship,’ Rahul slams govt

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the government over its alleged lack of willingness to discuss issues such as inflation and “misuse of agencies” in Parliament and asserted that “truth will prevail over dictatorship”.

“Discuss GST — House adjourned. Discuss inflation — House adjourned. Discuss Agneepath — House adjourned. Discuss misuse of agencies — House adjourned,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. (PTI)

14:08 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Water cannons used to disperse protesters

Water cannons are being used to disperse Congress workers, who are protesting against Sonia Gandhi's ED deposition, in the national capital.

13:30 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: BJP slams Congress for protests ahead of ED’s questioning of Sonia Gandhi

The BJP on Thursday criticised the Congress' protests ahead of the Enforcement Directorate's questioning of its president Sonia Gandhi as its “duragrah” (obstinate demand) for protecting the Gandhi family.

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad noted that Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul, have been accused of grabbing valuable assets of the Associate Journal Ltd, which publishes the National Herald newspaper. Their plea to quash the FIR has been dismissed by every court, including the Supreme Court, the former Union minister told reporters.

“The Congress has become a pocket organisation of a family, and now its assets are also being pocketed by the family,” he alleged, attacking the Gandhis. Both are out on bail in the case, he told reporters.

Gandhis floated Young Indian, in which Sonia Gandhi and Rahul have 76 per cent shares, to grab assets of the National Herald, he charged.

The Congress has dubbed the probe as the ruling BJP's political vendetta.

It has described its agitation against the ED's probe against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul in the National Herald case as “satyagrah”, a form of protest associated with Mahatma Gandhi. She is set to appear before the agency later on Thursday for questioning.

This is not “satyagrah” but “duragrah” against the country, its laws and its agencies, Prasad said. This is also a “duragrah” for protecting the family which has “pocketed” the party's assets worth thousands of crores of rupees, he alleged.

While Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP of misusing institutions, he does not want to answer the questions raised by probe agencies, the former law minister said.

He said the Congress had harassed then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots cases but Modi appeared before the agency probing the matter and the BJP did not carry out any protest like the Congress has been. Modi, now prime minister, came out clean, he said.

“The BJP respects institutions but look at the Congress. Its chief ministers and MPs, who are not attending Parliament, are sitting in Delhi. They are trying to demoralise the ED,” he said. (PTI)

12:47 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Senior Congress leaders including Gehlot and Tharoor detained

Several senior Congress leaders including Shashi Tharoor has been detained by the Delhi police.

11:20 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Congress takes the battle to the Parliament

“Everybody is equal before the law or not? Is the Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) a super human being? They (Congress) think they are above the law…,” says Union Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi after Lok Sabha House was adjourned amid sloganeering by Opposition MPs. (ANI)

11:08 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Opposition parties’ open letter in support of Sonia Gandhi

“Modi govt has unleashed a relentless vendetta against political opponents through misuse of investigative agencies by targeting prominent leaders of various parties. We will intensify our fight against the anti-people Modi Sarkar,” said the Opposition in a joint statement.

11:00 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Ahead of Prez poll counting, Yashwant Sinha slams Modi govt over Sonia Gandhi’s ED deposition

Opposition presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha has hit out at the Modi govt over Sonia Gandhi's ED deposition.

10:46 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: If BJP was in our place, they would have resorted to arson, says Gehlot

Addressing a press conference, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that there is an environment of fear in the country.

10:37 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: We are not afraid, BJP is afraid, say Congress workers

Congress workers protest ahead of Sonia Gandhi's ED deposition, while raising slogans against ED and the PM Modi government.

10:27 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: We have fought with Britishers, now our fight is against thieves, say Cong leaders

Congress workers raise slogans supporting Sonia Gandhi at Delhi's party office ahead of her ED deposition.

10:23 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Priyanka Gandhi reaches mother Sonia’s residence

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reached her mother's residence ahead of Sonia Gandhi's ED deposition.

10:15 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Traffic advisory issued in Delhi ahead of Cong protests

Due to special arrangements, there'll be heavy traffic movement till 2 pm on Gol Methi junction, Tughlak Road Junction, Claridges Junction, Q-point Junction, Sunehri Masjid Junction, Maulana Azad Road Junction & Man Singh Road Junction. Avoid these areas: Delhi Traffic Police

10:10 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Adjournment notices in both houses over misuse of central agencies

Congress MP KC Venugopal gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha on the issue of “misuse of central agencies in the country including ED, CBI and Income-Tax department to target and harass prominent leaders of a number of political parties by the ruling party.” (ANI)

09:26 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: We want a discussion in LS on ED misuse, says Congress MP Manickam Tagore

Congress MP Manickam Tagore demanded a discussion on the misuse of central agencies in the parliament, asking if Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend.

09:21 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Congress MPs give adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha

Congress MPs Manickam Tagore and Gaurav Gogoi have given adjournment motion notices to discuss the issue of “misuse of law enforcement and investigative agencies such as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by the Central Government.”

09:18 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Delhi police set up barricades around the AICC office

Senior Congress leaders and party MPs gather at AICC office ahead of Sonia Gandhi's ED deposition.

09:13 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: Sonia Gandhi isn’t scared of ED, tweets Congress

Last night the party’s official Twitter handle stated, “How can the ED scare Sonia Gandhi, whose ancestors changed the geography of the world.”

09:11 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: ‘Congress will stand united,’ says Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Sharing a picture of party members gathering at Mallikarjun Kharge's residence a day ahead of Sonia Gandhi's ED deposition, Gehlot said that all leaders expressed their anger at how the Opposition voices in the country were being crushed.

09:06 (IST) 21 Jul 2022
National Herald Case Live: All about the case

The National Herald case relates to a equity transaction in which Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi are accused of allegedly misappropriating assets of Associated Journals worth over Rs 2,000 crore by paying a paltry sum of just Rs 50 lakh. The Gandhis, however, have denied any wrongdoing and have maintained that they have not derived any commercial benefit out of the transaction, but courts have found merit in the allegations against them. Besides the Gandhis, Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda are among the accused in the case. The case against the Gandhis and others was filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy before a trial court back in 2013.

The National Herald case involves three key players — Associated Journals Ltd, Young India Ltd, and Congress.