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Congress leader RaGa leaves ED office after 9 hours questioning; to resume after 30 min break on 5th day

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Tuesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was quizzed for nine hours by the Enforcement Directorate in the National Herald money laundering case. Gandhi, 52, took a half-hour break around 8 pm and re-joined the session. This is the fifth day of his interrogation.

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He was questioned for three straight days last week. It is yet to be known immediately if he will have to appear again before agency officials. The Congress MP from Wayanad has spent almost 50 hours at the ED office over five sittings with the investigators questioning him over multiple sessions and recording his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The former Congress president left the ED headquarters on APJ Abdul Kalam Road in central Delhi around 8pm along with his security escort. He reached the agency’s office around 11:15am and did not take any break post noon as he had done in his previous appearances. Meanwhile, the Congress on Tuesday staged a Satyagraha at the party headquarters here alleging “misuse” of the Enforcement Directorate and “harassment” of party leader Rahul Gandhi.

The protesting leaders, including Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, later announced a march to Jantar Mantar here, but the police prevented them for lack of permission. Several Congress workers and MPs were detained, including Benny Benhanan, Anto Anthony, Deepak Baij, Saptagiri Ulaka, Gaurav Gogoi, Ranjeet Ranjan, Amee Yajnik, Santhokh Singh, K Suresh, Chella Kumar, Kuldeep Rai Sharma and Mohd Zawaid, besides former minister Bhakta Charan Das, Chhattisgarh minister Amarjeet Bhagat and ex-MP Kamal Kishore Commando.

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