Due to Kovid issues in Sonia Gandhi Hospital, party says condition stable

Sonia Gandhi was admitted to Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi. (file)

New Delhi:

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has been admitted to a hospital in Delhi due to COVID-related issues, the party announced on Sunday, adding that she is stable and under observation.

“Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi was admitted to Ganga Ram Hospital today due to issues related to COVID. She is stable and will be kept under observation at the hospital. We wish all Congress men and women as well as all well-wishers Thank you also. Concern and best wishes,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a tweet.

Sonia Gandhi had tested positive for coronavirus on June 2 and had sought more time from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to appear before her for questioning in the money laundering case.

Officials of the financial crimes probe agency said they had issued a fresh summon to the Congress president to appear for questioning on June 23. Ms Gandhi, 75, was earlier asked to appear on June 8.

On June 13, the ED had also summoned his son and former party president Rahul Gandhi for questioning in the matter.

The agency had earlier asked him to appear on June 2, but the Lok Sabha member from Kerala’s Wayanad constituency sought a new date as he was out of the country. The federal agency later asked Rahul Gandhi to appear at its headquarters in central Delhi on June 13.

Congress leaders had earlier claimed that Sonia Gandhi is determined to appear before the ED after recovering from the virus.

The Congress, which alleges that the matter is an exercise by the ruling BJP to set a political score, is likely to organize a massive protest event on Monday when Rahul Gandhi appears for questioning.

The case pertains to a probe into alleged financial irregularities in Congress-promoted Young Indian, which owns the National Herald newspaper.

The paper is published by Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and is owned by Young Indian Private Limited.