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ED summons Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul in national herald case

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi summoned by Enforcement Directorate in the money laundering case related to National Herald, which was closed by the investigating agency in 2015 according to official sources.

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Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala held a press conference and said “Started the National Herald newspaper in 1942 … At that time, the British tried to suppress it, today Modi government is also doing the same and ED is being used for this. ED has given notice to our president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi”.

Taking to Twitter the congress party said, “When the Congress was not afraid of the atrocities under the British rule, how can the ED notice break the courage of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and the Congress party. We will fight…we will win…we will not bow down…we will not be afraid.”

According to ED sources, Rahul Gandhi has been summoned on June 2 and Sonia Gandhi on June 8. According to officials, the agency wants to record the statements of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Congress MP and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said there is no evidence of money laundering or of any money exchange. The party has accused the Centre of political vendetta and misusing central probe agencies to target the opposition with an eye on assembly elections. “This is a strange case of money laundering where no money is involved. The case is more hollow than a pack of cards. We will face it. We are not intimidated. This reeks of vendetta, pettiness, fear and cheap politics,” Mr Singhvi told reporters.

In 2012, Subramanian Swamy had filed a case accusing Sonia, Rahul and the others – Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda – of cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring the ownership of now-defunct daily, National Herald. The National Herald newspaper, founded by Jawaharlal Nehru, was closely associated with India’s freedom struggle and the Indian National Congress until 2008. On April 1, 2008, the paper’s editorial announced that it was temporarily suspending its operations.

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Before its closure, the paper was run by Associated Journals Limited (AJL). In 2009, Sonia ordered the closure of the defunct paper.

The central probe agency recently questioned senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Pawan Bansal as part of the investigation.

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