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NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday appeared earlier than the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for her second spherical of questioning within the cash laundering case linked to the Nationwide Herald newspaper. She reached the ED workplace round 11am accompanied by Z+ armed safety and her kids Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
The ED recorded Sonia’s assertion for about 2.5 hours after which the Congress chief left for a brief break. She rejoined questioning on the ED workplace at 3.30pm and left the company’s workplace in central Delhi simply earlier than 7 pm after six hours of questioning.
Sonia has been requested to seem earlier than the ED once more on Wednesday for additional questioning.
On July 21, the probe company had questioned the Congress chief for round two hours. In accordance with sources, Sonia Gandhi (75) was requested over two dozen questions “after which she requested to go residence for her medicine”.
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Rahul leads Congress protest, detained
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and a number of other occasion MPs have been detained by Delhi Police at Vijay Chowk on Tuesday after they staged a protest in opposition to the ED questioning of Sonia.
“India a police state, Modi a king,” Rahul stated. The Wayanad MP and different Congress leaders gathered at Vijay Chowk to march in direction of the Rashtrapati Bhawan to attract the President’s consideration to the alleged misuse of companies by the federal government. Rahul was put in a police bus however officers didn’t disclose the place he was being taken.

“I’m not going wherever. We wished to go in direction of the President’s home. However the police should not permitting us,” Gandhi stated.
A number of different Congress MPs on the Vijay Chowk protest website have been detained and brought away in separate police buses.
“We’re protesting as per the instruction of the police. All of this can be a conspiracy by PM Modi & Amit Shah to utterly destroy the opposition and muzzle our voices. We can’t be scared, our combat will proceed,” Congress chief and chief of opposition Mallikarjun Kharge stated.

Priyanka, Rahul accompany Sonia to ED workplace
Sonia, who was identified with Covid not too long ago, was accompanied by her daughter and Congress normal secretary Priyanka to the workplace of the probe company. Whereas Priyanka stayed again on the ED workplace, Rahul left quickly after.
Priyanka was in one other room on the ED workplace so she might meet her mom to supply her medicines or medical help if needed, officers stated.
Priyanka accompanied her mom final week and was allowed to remain within the ‘Pravartan Bhawan’ headquarters of the company, away from the questioning room, in order that in case of a well being concern she will be along with her mom and supply her medicines.

Delhi Police roughs up Indian Youth Congress chief Srinivas BV
Delhi Police personnel on Tuesday have been seen grabbing Indian Youth Congress chief Srinivas BV by the hair and forcing him right into a automobile throughout a protest in opposition to the questioning of Sonia by the ED.
Srinivas was seen shouting and resisting makes an attempt by police to subdue him.

Opposition events ship memo to President Murmu over disruption in Parliament
The opposition events have despatched a memorandum to President Droupadi Murmu, expressing “grave concern that Parliament has not been in a position to operate” correctly because it began its monsoon session on July 18.
From day one, the opposition events have been demanding dialogue on worth rise, inflation and Items and Companies Tax (GST) on meals gadgets, which the federal government saying that it’s prepared for the controversy as soon as “finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman recovers from Covid and returns to Parliament.”

Day 1 quizzing – Sonia requested 28 factors on AJL takeover
Sonia was on July 21 questioned on 28 factors associated to takeover of Related Journals Ltd (AJL), the publishers of Nationwide Herald and different Congress organs, together with its properties by Younger Indian, an organization by which Sonia and her son Rahul maintain majority stake. Sonia and Rahul have been on bail since 2015 when a Delhi courtroom took cognisance of offences in opposition to them beneath Sections 420 and 120B of the IPC, the premise of ED’s case beneath the PMLA.
The Enforcement Directorate had saved two medical doctors and an ambulance on standby as a humanitarian gesture on July 21, company sources stated. The central company additionally allowed Sonia’s daughter and occasion chief Priyanka at its workplace.

Protest over ED summons to Sonia; 75 Cong MPs detained
Congress leaders had protested in numerous components of the nation over ED summons to the occasion’s interim chief. Seventy-five Congress MPs together with chief of opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and a number of other employees have been detained by the Delhi Police for demonstrations in opposition to the questioning of the occasion chief.
Senior Congress leaders together with P Chidambaram, Ajay Maken, Manickam Tagore, KC Venugopal, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhry, Shashi Tharoor, Sachin Pilot, and Harish Rawat. Ashok Gehlot, Okay Suresh have been amongst these detained.
The protest by the Congress turned violent in Bengaluru because the Youth Congress employees allegedly set a automobile on hearth, in entrance of the ED workplace. Congress employees additionally stopped a practice and blocked railway tracks at New Delhi’s Shivaji Bridge railway station.
Chandigarh Police additionally used water cannons to disperse Congress employees and leaders as they protested over the questioning.
Sonia’s session with ED deferred twice
The ED had on June 1 summoned Sonia Gandhi to seem earlier than its investigators on June 8 within the case for the primary time in reference to a cash laundering case involving the Nationwide Herald.
The company had issued comparable summons to Sonia Gandhi investigators on June 8 after which on June 21.
Sonia couldn’t seem for questioning after testing constructive for Covid-19 and being hospitalised as a consequence of it. The Congress chief had developed a gentle fever on June 1 night and was discovered Covid-19 constructive upon testing the following morning. After her discharge from hospital, she had requested for extra time to seem earlier than the company.
The ED needs to report Sonia’s statements beneath felony sections of the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA).
Rahul questioned for over 5 days
Congress chief and Sonia Gandhi’s son Rahul Gandhi was quizzed on the ED workplace within the Nationwide Herald case for greater than 50 hours unfold over 5 days.
Throughout Rahul’s questioning, the ED had sought particulars of the transactions and verifiable paperwork to show Congress’ declare that it had paid Rs 90 crore to the Related Journals Ltd (AJL), the writer of Nationwide Herald to fulfill its bills and fulfil obligations to its workers.
In 2010, the Gandhis launched Younger Indian which took management of AJL by taking up the whole debt of Rs 90 crore owed by AJL. Nonetheless, investigations later revealed that the YI paid solely Rs 50 lakh in lieu of Rs 90 crore and but the Congress agreed to switch the whole shareholding of the corporate to Younger Indian and settle the whole account.
Sharing particulars of his questioning, Rahul stated: “I used to be made to sit down in a small darkish room. There have been three ED officers questioning me. They would depart the room to take directions however I sat on the chair for lengthy hours and responded patiently to all their queries.”
View ED interrogation as medal: Rahul
Taking a dig on the Centre, Congress chief Rahul stated earlier this month that he views his interrogation by Enforcement Directorate (ED) within the Nationwide Herald case “like a medal”.
Addressing a public rally at Wandoor in Kerala’s Malappuram, Rahul stated he was not anxious and accused the BJP-led authorities of utilizing probe companies in opposition to its political rivals.
“After I left, I used to be questioning why they solely interrogated me for 5 days, why not 10 days. I believed possibly I am not opposing them strongly sufficient…it’s fairly clear that anyone who opposes the BJP faces ED. I view my 5 days of interrogation like a medal, and I hope that they do it once more 3,4,5,6,10 occasions,” the Congress chief stated.
The Nationwide Herald case
The case to research alleged monetary irregularities beneath the PMLA was registered about 9 months in the past after a trial courtroom took cognisance of an Earnings Tax division probe carried out on the premise of a non-public felony grievance filed by former Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) MP in 2013.
The petitioner had approached the courtroom alleging that the belongings of Related Journals Restricted (AJL), which printed the Nationwide Herald newspaper, have been fraudulently acquired and transferred to Younger Indian Pvt Restricted (YIL), by which Sonia and her son owned 38 per cent shares every.
The YIL promoters embrace Sonia and Rahul. Swamy had alleged that the Gandhis cheated and misappropriated funds, with YIL paying solely Rs 50 lakh to acquire the suitable to recuperate Rs 90.25 crore that AJL owed to the Congress.
Congress argued that YIL was a not-for-profit firm beneath Part 25 of the Corporations Act, 1956 that may neither accumulate earnings nor pay dividends to its shareholders.