Congress begins nationwide protest as ED summoned Sonia Gandhi to appear

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ED seeks the presence of Ms. Sonia Gandhi on Thursday before the Central Agency in National Herald case. The leader of congress exclaimed it as a “vendetta politics” of NDA government.

On Wednesday, party leaders of congress including Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, former Finance minister P. Chidambaram, general secretary K.C. Venugopal, and many, planned the strategy of demonstration.

Earlier, when Rahul Gandhi was called up for questioning in connection with a money-laundering case related to National Herald- AJL case, similar demonstration was organized.

However, delhi police in order to avoid inconvenience, anticipated the risk of chaos and have put up barricades around the Congress office on Akbar Road along with traffic advisories.

The congress leader commented, “we understand that the government is using ED to stop the congress from raising the voice of the people on important issues like inflation, unemployment, but we will continue to fulfil the duty of the people of the country to ask tough questions to the government without fear and bowing”.

Why National Herald case have become a nightmare for the party? The case is all about Sonia, Rahul and their associates, who are accused of misappropriating profits and assets worth 2000 crore of Associated Journals Limited (AJL), and alleged to have acquired the shares through unfair means. AJL was originally founded in 1937 to serve 5000 freedom fighters by conferring them as shareholders.

The allegations however brought before media and court by BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy in 2012 and accused them of acquiring AJL, through unfair acts in order to get the benefit in terms of estate’s $16 billion.

Swamy alleged that the loan given to AJL was illegal as it was taken from party funds. On which he said, that Income Tax Act prohibits political parties from making financial transactions with a third party. Thus, in April 2019, the Supreme Court, however ordered sub judice on the proceedings against AJL.

The sources informed that after Thursday, the case might take a turn to south.

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