Congress President Sonia Gandhi appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday for the second spherical of questioning within the National Herald cash laundering case.
Sonia Gandhi arrived on the federal company workplace in central Delhi round 11am, accompanied by her kids Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
In her final look before the federal investigation company, the The head of Congress was interrogated for over two hoursby which she answered 28 questions asked by ED officers.
Here’s the road of questioning the ED is likely to observe at this time:
- ED needs to know why Sonia Gandhi grew to become Director of Young India Private Limited. She was the final particular person to be appointed director in spite of everything transactions had taken place.
- What is the perform of younger Indians? If it is a charity, why hasn’t Young Indian accomplished any important charity work?
- ED will query Sonia Gandhi on the transactions between Congress and AJL.
- The investigative authority will additionally inquire concerning the properties of AJL and whether or not Sonia Gandhi is conscious of the aim for which these properties are used.
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL HERALD CASE?
In 2012, BJP chief and legal professional Subramanian Swamy filed a criticism in a decrease court docket alleging that some congressional leaders have been concerned in fraud and breach of belief in Young Indian Ltd (YIL)’s acquisition of Associated Journals Ltd. He claimed YIL “maliciously” “took over” the National Herald’s belongings.
The National Herald, revealed by Associated Journals Limited (AJL), grew to become the mouthpiece of the Congress celebration after independence. AJL additionally revealed two different newspapers, one every in Hindi and Urdu. In 2008 the newspaper closed with a debt of over Rs 90 crore.
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Subramanian Swamy alleges that YIL “maliciously” “took over” the belongings of the defunct print media firm to generate over Rs 2,000 crore in earnings and belongings.
Swamy additionally claimed that YIL solely paid Rs.50,000 to acquire the rights to get better Rs.90.25 crore owed by AJL to the Congress Party; AJL had beforehand acquired the quantity as a mortgage to start out the newspaper. He additionally claimed that the mortgage granted to AJL was “illegal” as a result of it was taken from celebration funds.
In 2014, the ED launched an investigation to find out whether or not the case concerned cash laundering. On September 18, 2015, it was reported that the investigative company had reopened its investigation into the National Herald case.
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are among the many founders and majority shareholders of Young Indian. Like her son, the Congress President additionally holds 38 p.c of the shares.
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