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ED heat on Sonia Gandhi: Summons for 3rd day today, grilled by over 70 questions in 2 days

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: In the breaking development in the case, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi summons for third day today for questioning has reached the ED office. Today security beefed up in parts of central Delhi. She is accompanied by her daughter Priyanka Gandhi. In a case related to the National Herald Newspaper, the Enforcement Directorate had also questioned Sonia Gandhi yesterday, which lasted for 6 hours. Earlier, Sonia Gandhi was questioned by the agency on July 21, which lasted for about 3 hours. During this 28 questions were asked to him. Sonia Gandhi quick in answering questions.

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Sonia Gandhi, 75, has been questioned for more than eight hours so far, in which 65 to 70 questions were asked from her. The inquiry is likely to end on Wednesday with the agency asking 30-40 more questions.

This inquiry is related to allegations of alleged financial irregularities in the newspaper ‘National Herald’ and ‘Young Indian Private Limited’ company. Officials said that the interrogation sessions are being conducted following the Covid friendly protocol and it is being recorded through audio-video medium. The Congress has condemned the agency’s action against its top leadership and termed it as “political vendetta and harassment”.

Congress workers attempt to stop train at Mumbai’s Borivali railway
Congress workers try to stop a train at Mumbai’s Borivali railway station in protest against ED questioning of party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi in National Herald case. Some people came to stop the train but they didn’t succeed, they’ve been detained: CPRO W.Railway

Congress Sevedal workers protest at AICC headquarters
Congress Sevadal workers protest at AICC headquarters in Delhi against the questioning of the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi by the ED.

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Security deployed outside AICC headquarters in Delhi
Security deployed outside AICC headquarters in Delhi. Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi will appear before the ED for the third day today, in connection with the National Herald case.

Laws shouldn’t be used to target, humiliate: Congress leader Anand Sharma on ED’s questioning of Sonia Gandhi
At a press conference Wednesday, Congress leader Anand Sharma stated that he has noticed a “disturbing trend”, where laws are being made “more and more draconian, which threaten the foundational values of the Indian Constitution.” “The weaponisation of laws and their use to target and humiliate should not exist,” he added.

The Enforcement Directorate says the Young Indian also took over ₹ 800 crore in assets of AJL. According to the Income Tax department, this should be considered an asset of the shareholders of Young Indian — Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi – for which they should pay tax.

Denying any wrongdoing, the Congress asserts that the Young Indian is a “not-for-profit” company and so, there can be no question of money laundering.

On both days of questioning, the Congress president went to the probe agency’s office with daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was present with her medicines. Medical staff were also kept on standby.

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On each day of the Gandhis’ questioning in Delhi, the Congress has carried out massive street protests and has clashed with the police, undeterred by heavy security.

Rahul Gandhi was among the Congress leaders who were detained yesterday during a march from Parliament to Vijay Chowk in the heart of Delhi.

A video showed cops manhandling Youth Congress chief BV Srinivas and pulling his hair while trying to push him into a car.

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