National herald Case : According to media reports, in the money laundering case related to the National Herald, the ED has recorded the statement of Congress President Sonia Gandhi on about 75 questions in the 8-hour interrogation so far. Sonia Gandhi has reportedly said that only the then treasurer Motilal Vora knew about the Herald and Young Indian transactions. The ED may end his interrogation on Wednesday, so that the ‘charge sheet’ can be filed early to run the case further.
National herald Case : New Delhi, The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has questioned Congress President Sonia Gandhi for about 8 hours in the money laundering case related to the National Herald. Sonia has been called again for questioning at 11 am on Wednesday.
According to media reports, the ED wants to know from him how and why Young Indian acquired Associated Journal Limited (AJL), which runs the Herald newspaper, and its properties worth 800 crores. Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have a major stake in Young Indian. The report, quoting ED sources, claimed that during interrogation, Sonia said that she was not aware of the transaction. Only the late Motilal Vora, the then treasurer of the party, knew about them.
Earlier, when ED questioned Rahul Gandhi and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Treasurer Pawan Kumar Bansal etc., they had also allegedly given similar answers and expressed their ignorance about the transaction between AJL and Young Indian. Was. The report quoted sources as saying that Sonia Gandhi has recorded her statement on about 75 questions in the interrogation so far. Rahul Gandhi answered about 100 questions in 5 days of questioning.
The ED wants to know from the Congress leaders that how Young Indian, a company with a share capital of only 5 lakhs, was given the responsibility of repaying the Congress loan of 90 crores. How 100 per cent of AJL’s assets were transferred to him, including properties at concessional rates from the then Congress governments in Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Bhopal and Chandigarh.
According to the dossier from the ED, when Young Indian had taken a loan of Rs 90.2 crore, he did not have any funds. He claimed to have taken a loan of 1 crore from Kolkata’s Dotted Merchandise Company, which is believed to be a shell company. Young Indian gave only 50 lakh rupees to Congress out of this 1 crore. Congress claims that it had given 90.2 crores to AJL so that it could clear the salary of the employees and the dues of VRS. But Congress leaders have failed to show any proof of this payment.
The newspaper report claimed that the ED may complete the interrogation of Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday so that the prosecution report can be filed to try the case. It is like a kind of charge sheet. Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are facing charges like fraud and criminal conspiracy in the Herald case. The High Court and the Supreme Court have also refused to quash these charges. At present, he is out on bail from the Delhi Court.