Congress Leadership Deals With Old Skeletons Out Of Closet
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) that had closed a previous case in 2015, has suddenly summoned Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi over the National Herald Case. The Congress spokesperson has quoted the senior wing of the party saying that this development will be fought legally and politically. According to Congress lawyer and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, bringing back this alive means that forces are trying to divert attention of the party from serious things and mar its name, again.
Further, Singhvi has said, that, “The BJP is using puppet agencies to intimidate political opponents. National Herald has a history that goes back to independence days. All opposition leaders including Mamata Banerjee, Farooq Abdullah are under the attacks from central agencies. All companies do improve balance sheet by turning loans into equities.”
It is being implicated that the ED had closed the case after prior investigations. But the course has been reopened after the previous officials in-charge had been replaced by the Centre. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “We will not get frightened, we will not bow down.”
“The BJP has in fact disgraced and dishonoured the freedom fighters, the stalwarts of the nation and their contribution to the freedom struggle in which their party and their predecessors have no role,” Singhvi said adding that this is a weird case of money laundering in which no money is involved.
The National Herald case pertains to the alleged misappropriation of assets of over ₹2,000 crore in an equity transaction.
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Notice was served to the top members of the party a few days back only. In April, the ED also questioned former Union minister Pawan Bansal, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in connection with the money laundering probe into the National Herald case.
Accusations of cheating, conspiracy and criminal breach of trust in the acquisition of the Associated Journals Limited (AJL), which ran the Congress mouthpiece, National Herald, by Young Indian Pvt Ltd have been levelled in the case.