New Delhi: The Congress on June 1 said it has not been frightened of any summons by the Enforcement Directorate in the National Herald case and will not be scared by any such “vendetta” by the BJP government.
Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Randeep Surjewala said party president Sonia Gandhi has been summoned by the ED for questioning in a money-laundering case related to the National Herald newspaper on June 8 and she is resolute to appear before the Agency as she has nothing to hide.
They said former Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi has also been summoned and that he has written to the probe Agency to rearrange the date to after June 5 as he is not in the country. “The Modi government should know that by registering such fake and fictitious cases, they cannot succeed in their cowardly conspiracy,” Mr. Singhvi said.
“Neither will the EC be able to stop the National Herald, the voice of the freedom movement, nor will it be able to scare Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi,” he said.
Mr. Surjewala said that under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, the entire party and its workers would stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and “we will fight and win this attack on the country’s democracy.”
The two Congress leaders said the main mantra of the newspaper, which became the “voice of the freedom movement,” was: “Freedom is in danger, protect it with all your might.”
While Sonia Gandhi, 75, has been asked to depose before the Federal Agency on June 8, Rahul Gandhi is understood to have been asked to appear earlier. The case to probe alleged financial irregularities in the party-promoted Young Indian that owns the National Herald newspaper was registered recently.