Congress President Sonia Gandhi arrived on the ED immediately for the second spherical of questioning within the Nationwide Herald newspaper. Right here’s what the probe company is prone to ask her.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi appeared earlier than the ED for the second spherical of questioning within the Nationwide Herald case (PTI picture)

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday appeared earlier than the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the second spherical of questioning within the cash laundering case linked to the Nationwide Herald newspaper.

Sonia Gandhi reached the federal company’s workplace in central Delhi round 11 am, accompanied by her kids Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

In her final look earlier than the federal probe company, the Congress chief was questioned for over two hours, throughout which she responded to twenty-eight questions put forth by ED officers.

Right here’s the road of questioning the ED is prone to pursue immediately:

  • ED desires to know why Sonia Gandhi turned director of Younger India Non-public Restricted. She was the final individual to be made director when all of the transactions had taken place.
  • What’s the perform of Younger Indian? If it’s a charitable organisation, then why no vital charity work has been finished by Younger Indian?
  • ED will query Sonia Gandhi concerning the transactions between Congress and AJL.
  • The probe company can even inquire in regards to the properties of AJL and if Sonia Gandhi is conscious of what goal these properties are used for.

WHAT IS THE NATIONAL HERALD CASE?

In 2012, BJP chief and advocate Subramanian Swamy filed a grievance earlier than a trial court docket alleging that some Congress leaders have been concerned in dishonest and breach of belief within the acquisition of Related Journals Ltd by Younger Indian Ltd (YIL). He alleged that YIL had ‘taken over’ the property of the Nationwide Herald in a ‘malicious’ manner.

Printed by Related Journals Restricted (AJL), Nationwide Herald turned a mouthpiece of the Congress get together after Independence. AJL additionally printed two different newspapers, one every in Hindi and Urdu. In 2008, the paper closed down with a debt of over Rs 90 crore.

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Subramanian Swamy claims that YIL “took over” the property of the defunct print media outlet in a “malicious” method to achieve revenue and property value over Rs 2,000 crore.

Swamy additionally alleged that YIL had paid simply Rs 50 lakh to acquire the rights to recuperate Rs 90.25 crore which AJL owed the Congress get together; AJL was given the quantity earlier as a mortgage to start out the newspaper. He additionally alleged that the mortgage given to AJL was “unlawful”, because it had been taken from get together funds.

In 2014, the ED initiated a probe to see if there was any cash laundering within the case. On 18 September 2015, it was reported that the probe company had reopened its investigation into the Nationwide Herald case.

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are among the many promoters and majority shareholders in Younger Indian. Like her son, the Congress president too has 38 per cent shareholding.

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