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National Herald Money Laundering Case: Rahul Gandhi was summoned by ED again on Friday, agency not satisfied with even 3 days and 30 hours of interrogation


New Delhi : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday conducted marathon questioning of Congress MP Rahul Gandhi for the third consecutive day in connection with the National Herald money laundering case. The probe agency questioned him about his “personal role” in decisions related to Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and Young Indian, the company that owns it. He has been called again for questioning on Friday. Officials said that the Congress leader had sought exemption on Thursday, which was allowed.

After questioning for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, the ED has so far questioned Rahul Gandhi for nearly 30 hours in several sessions. At the same time, the ED has summoned Congress MP Rahul Gandhi for questioning for the fourth time on Friday.

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Rahul Gandhi had reached the ED headquarters located on APJ Abdul Kalam Road in central Delhi at around 11.35 am with ‘Z+’ category security of CRPF personnel. He was accompanied by his sister and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Officials said that the questioning of Rahul Gandhi started at 12 noon. Officials say that during the three-day interrogation, audio and video recording of Rahul Gandhi’s statement was done. Their statements are being typed on A4 size paper and shown and signed on minute to minute basis. It is then handed over to the investigating officer.

Sources in the probe agency told Bhasha that Rahul Gandhi is being questioned about properties worth around Rs 800 crore owned by AJL and also how a non-profit company ‘Young Indian’ is running its own business. Carrying out commercial activities of leasing out land and buildings.

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Congress claims that there is no FIR in this case and not a ‘scheduled offence’, on the basis of which a case of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) should be registered and Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi should be summoned. Officials said the ED’s proceedings were much more concrete than the proceedings based on FIRs as the court took cognizance of the charge sheet filed by the Income Tax Department and continued the process.

He says that sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code are applicable in the case of income tax and they determine the offenses for which the ED may register a case of money laundering.

ED investigating officers also say that money laundering is defined under Section 3 of the PMLA and the ED is applying it to probe the role of Rahul Gandhi in the entire case, “while there is no exchange of cash”. No, but crime has benefited and some people have benefited.

As per Section 3 of PMLA, “Whoever, who directly or indirectly attempts to engage in any proceeding or activity connected with the process of an offense or willfully aids or willfully becomes a party or is actually involved, and presenting the same as immaculate property, he shall also be guilty of the offense of money laundering.

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The officials contested the Congress’ claim that ‘Young Indian’ is a non-profit company in which no one can take profit. Officials said violation of law is an offense and the Income Tax Department’s charge sheet in the case and the ‘Enforcement Case Information Report’ (ECIR) indicate that the provisions of the non-profit company have been violated.

According to sources, 15-16 questions related to the establishment of ‘Young Indian’, operation of ‘National Herald’ and the loan given by Congress to Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and transfer of funds within the media body were put to Rahul Gandhi. Huh.
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Officials said Rahul Gandhi’s role and his detailed statement are significant as he is a major stakeholder in ‘Young Indian’ and a key figure in the affairs of AJL and National Herald.

The probe agency is also understood to have questioned Rahul Gandhi about the properties owned by AJL. The Congress leader is believed to have been asked about a loan of Rs 1 crore taken from a Kolkata-based company and its basis. This loan was allegedly taken in February 2011.

Sources have indicated that questions have been raised about the things that have happened since the inception of “Young Indian” in 2011. The ED has earlier questioned two senior Congress leaders Pawan Kumar Bansal and Mallikarjun Kharge in the same case.

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The ED had questioned Rahul Gandhi for over 11 hours on Tuesday and for more than 10 hours on Monday. The probe agency had asked Rahul Gandhi to appear on Wednesday as well.

Congress leaders and workers also protested on the third day of the ED’s questioning of Rahul Gandhi, after which the police took several people into custody. Police has imposed Section 144 in the area adjacent to the Congress headquarters.

In the same case, the ED has asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi to appear on June 23. Sonia Gandhi is unwell due to corona virus infection and is currently admitted in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

According to officials, the questioning of senior Congress leaders and the Gandhi family is part of the ED probe to understand the stake pattern, financial transactions and role of promoters of ‘Young Indian’ and ‘Associated Journals Limited’ (AJL). . The promoters and shareholders of ‘Young Indian’ include Sonia Gandhi and some other Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress says that the allegations leveled against its top leaders are baseless and the ED’s action is being taken as part of the politics of vendetta.

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