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Veteran Cong leader Rahul Gandhi grilled for over 10 hours in Herald case, ED summoned again on Tuesday

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: When everyone was sleeping in the middle of the night in Delhi, the restlessness of many veteran Congress leaders and workers was not letting them sleep, because The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday (June 13) questioned former Congress President Rahul Gandhi for over 10 hours in an alleged money laundering case related to the National Herald newspaper. ED has asked Rahul to appear again today (Tuesday, June 14).

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The main opposition Congress also claimed that several of its leaders, including former Home Minister P Chidambaram, have suffered injuries due to the scuffle by the Delhi Police. However, the police have said that no force was used on their behalf and they do not have any information about any injuries caused by the policemen.

Officials said that Rahul Gandhi reached the ED’s headquarters at APJ Abdul Kalam Road at around 11.10 am and after completing the legal procedures and recording his presence for about 20 minutes, his questioning was started.

Rahul Gandhi was allowed to go out of the ED headquarters for a meal at around 2.10 pm. After the lunch break, he again appeared before the ED at around 3.30 pm. During the lunch break, he met his mother Sonia Gandhi, who was admitted to Ganga Ram Hospital. After questioning, Rahul came out of the ED office late at around 11:10 pm. It is understood that Rahul Gandhi has given his statement in writing under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

On Monday morning, Rahul Gandhi had reached the ED office from the Congress headquarters for questioning. On this occasion, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, many senior Congress leaders and a large number of workers reached there and expressed their support for Rahul Gandhi. Several senior Congress leaders, including Gehlot, Baghel, Randeep Surjewala and KC Venugopal, were taken into custody here. When Rahul Gandhi’s convoy reached the ED headquarters, Priyanka Gandhi was also sitting next to him in the car.

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In view of the Congress march and the ‘Satyagraha’, the police had put up blockades on several roads leading to ’24 Akbar Road’ (Congress Headquarters) and imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in the area. Regarding this, Congress MP Karti Chidambaram took a dig and said that only bulldozers are not visible near the Congress office.

The agency had registered a fresh case under criminal provisions of the PMLA after a trial court in Delhi took cognizance of the Income Tax Department’s probe against the ‘young Indian’. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy had lodged a complaint in this regard in 2013. Swamy had accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others of conspiracy to commit fraud and embezzlement of funds and said that Young Indian Pvt Ltd paid only Rs 50 lakh to get the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore, Which AJL owed Congress.

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