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Congress President Sonia Gandhi to appear before ED today

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) again today as part of the money laundering investigation involving the National Herald newspaper. She will be deposing before ED around noon today for the recording of her statement.

The agency initially summoned Sonia Gandhi yesterday but deferred it by one day. She was questioned by the ED for more than two hours on July 21, answering 28 questions. The ED is investigating alleged financial irregularities at Congress-promoted Young Indian Private Limited, which owns the National Herald.

Her son and former Congress President Rahul Gandhi was quizzed for five days in this case earlier. The ED has registered the case after a Delhi court took cognisance of an Income Tax department probe against Young Indian, based on a private criminal complaint filed by Subramanian Swamy in 2013.

Income Tax department, which had been investigating the National Herald case since 2016, had filed a charge sheet alleging financial irregularities in the Congress-promoted Young Indian, which owns the National Herald newspaper. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are among the promoters and majority shareholders of Young Indian with each having a 38 per cent stake in the company.

In the meantime, the Delhi Police has rejected Congress’ request for permission to stage a ‘Satyagrah’ at the Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, and imposed prohibitory order under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in the area.

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