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National Herald Case: Congress leaders hold nationwide protest as Congress President Sonia Gandhi to appear before ED today

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi to appear before Enforcement Directorate for questioning on Thursday, in National Herald case. She was to appear before the ED first, but it could not happen due to ill health first, then due to Kovid. Se had sought time from the ED to give him time till he recovers. She will leave for the ED office from the Congress headquarters at around 11 am This is the first time a federal investigative agency will interrogate a Congress president. Earlier, the ED had questioned Rahul Gandhi for over 50 hours in five days at the agency’s headquarters in Delhi.

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On Thursday Expressing solidarity with Sonia Gandhi, her party will protest across the country. Senior Congress leaders held a meeting at the residence of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday night and discussed the strategy for Thursday. Many senior leaders and MPs of the party including Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot attended it.

Gehlot tweeted, “Meeting held at Kharge’s residence.In that how the voice of the opposition is being crushed, the ED is targeting it, everyone expressed anger against it and tomorrow the entire Congress will stand united with Congress President Sonia Gandhi.” In view of this, senior leaders and MPs will gather at the party headquarters on Thursday morning.He says that many office-bearers and workers of Indian Youth Congress and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) have also reached Delhi. “Congress party with its leader Sonia Gandhi against the manner in which the political vendetta against our top leadership by the Modi-Shah (PM Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah) duo continues. Will protest across the country tomorrow expressing collective solidarity”, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh tweeted.

What is the National Herald Case?

In 2012, BJP leader and advocate Subramanian Swamy filed a complaint before a trial court alleging that some Congress leaders were involved in fraud and breach of trust in the acquisition of Associated Journals Limited by Young Indian Limited (YIL). He alleged that YIL had “maliciously” taken possession of the assets of the National Herald. The National Herald was a newspaper founded by Jawaharlal Nehru along with other freedom fighters in 1938. Subramanian Swamy claims that YIL “acquired” the assets of dormant print media outlets in a “malicious” manner to gain assets and profits of over Rs 2,000 crore. In the year 2014, the Enforcement Directorate started investigation to see if there was any money laundering in this case.

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