What is National Herald Case and Why Congress President Sonia Gandhi Has Been Summoned?

You may be wondering, what is the National Herald case? It is a graft case filed in the Delhi court by an Indian politician named Subramanian Swamy. The case involves the purchase of Herald House by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy and assets taken over by a company associated with AJL. This case has drawn the attention of many politicians. In this article, you will discover the details of the case and why Congress president Sonia Gandhi has been summoned in the case.

Sonia Gandhi appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the National Herald case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Congress president Sonia Gandhi to appear in its office today. She was asked to attend the interview in person, but she failed to do so on June 23 due to ill health. Last month, Rahul Gandhi was quizzed by the agency for five days, triggering widespread protests from party leaders. The ED’s investigation is likely to continue today, as Sonia Gandhi is expected to be quizzed for more than 50 hours.

The ED issued summons to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, who both live outside India. Since Rahul was abroad, he may request an adjournment. Rahul Gandhi has been questioned by the agency for over 50 hours. Nevertheless, Sonia Gandhi requested a postponement to recuperate for a few weeks. The ED will take a decision on the matter at its next meeting on August 1.

The ED is investigating the National Herald newspaper as part of its money laundering investigation. Sonia Gandhi was escorted by her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who arrived at the Enforcement Directorate office around noon. The ED also had five other officers with her. Sonia and Priyanka Gandhi were allowed inside the office for the interview. Both were asked to take rests during the questioning.

YIL took over the assets of AJL

Congress gave Rs 90 crore as loan to AJL and then wrote off the assets. However, experts have raised questions about the legitimacy of the transfer of public money to another company. Earlier, the Delhi court had dubbed YIL a sham, because the company was created solely for the purpose of using the funds for private purposes. Besides, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were named in the criminal case for allegedly violating the PMLA, a law on improprieties.

The Congress had granted Rs 90 crore as interest free loan to revive AJL. But, the AJL failed to repay the loan. After the loan was unpaid, AJL declared that it could not pay the loan. Congress had to write off the loan, which was later transferred to YIL. This gave the Congress the chance to acquire 99 per cent of the AJL assets. The Congress’s deal also benefited YIL by writing off the Rs 90 crore loan to AJL.

The Congress wrote off the Rs 90 crore loan to AJL, and YIL acquired the company’s assets in 2011. The Congress also declared YIL’s assets unrecoverable, and a complaint was filed against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Many AJL shareholders allege that the YIL takeover of the company was a sham. In fact, many of them did not receive any notice when YIL took over the assets of AJL. The sale of AJL was illegal, as Swamy argues.

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy filed a petition to acquire Herald House

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has intensified his attack on National Herald. In a petition, he demanded that the Delhi Development Authority acquire the entire building. He claimed that Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and a Young Indian had wrongly appropriated the building. The senior BJP leader is demanding that the Delhi Development Authority reclaim the building and return it to the Associated Journals Limited.

On January 30, the CBDT revoked its circular regarding the case of Swamy. On the same day, he questioned the constitutionality of the single bench’s order evicting the National Herald newspaper from its premises. The court, however, rejected the application. Instead, the BJP leader is likely to get the property back, and will have a resounding victory over the Congress.

A sage cursed Tataka in the mythology of Indian politics: The demoniac turned Yaksha princess was cursed by a sage, Agastya. She and her son Sabahu harassed sages. The case has echoes in the case filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in the Delhi High Court.

Earlier, a Delhi court refused to stop the income tax investigation against Young Indian, a newspaper with the Congress leaders as its main stakeholders. In a similar case, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has approached the court seeking summons to four Congress leaders. The petition also asked for the summons of the Supreme Court secretary, the deputy land and development officer, and a Congress functionary who issued a press statement on November 2, 2012. The three were due to cross-examination as part of the case.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi was summoned in connection with the case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday summoned Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi to appear before a special investigation team regarding the National Herald case. They are seeking information regarding money laundering activities of the Congress. The newspaper is accused of publishing fake news to sway voters. The case has sparked outrage in the political world, as it claims that Congress leaders used bogus sources to sell newspapers.

The Enforcement Directorate summoned Congress president Sonia Gandhi to give a statement on July 21. She was originally scheduled to appear on June 23, but requested a postponement when she was hospitalized with a Covid-19 infection. The next day, her doctors discharged her from the hospital, citing that she needed rest. The Enforcement Directorate had sent a second summons to her, but she refused to attend. Her doctors recommended she stay home and recover.

The Enforcement Directorate accepted Sonia Gandhi’s request for a postponement in the National Herald case. She is yet to be scheduled for an appearance. Rahul Gandhi and his son Rahul Gandhi have also been summoned to appear before the ED. While they may not be involved in the National Herald case, they are both related to money laundering. However, both Congress presidents were initially summoned to appear in June.

ED probes alleged money laundering

The ED has started probing the alleged money laundering in the National Herald case. The case has emerged after an Income Tax Department investigation revealed that Sonia and Rahul bought commercial immovable properties of AJL, the publishers of the National Herald, from a company called Young Indian Ltd. The alleged hawala entry of Rs 1 crore from a Kolkata-based shell company is also under scrutiny. The entire takeover process was completed in three months, despite the fact that no stamp duty or taxes were paid on the deal.

Earlier, the ED had summoned Congress president Sonia Gandhi to appear before the panel on the alleged money laundering in the National Herald case. On June 2, the Congress president was out of the country and did not attend the session. The Congress has strongly criticised the summons and is planning a protest outside the ED office in New Delhi on Monday. The Congress has ruled out any fraud and has said the ED is just trying to divert attention away from inflation and other problems.

The ED has registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) based on the CBI’s complaint against Satyendar Jain. ED’s powers of investigation are limited to the cases in which there is a court order stating a crime has been committed. For this case, a court order has been filed and Gandhi was summoned. In the meantime, the ED has started questioning Rahul Gandhi.

Opposition parties criticize the Central government for its “relentless vendetta” against political opponents

Several opposition parties held a key meeting in New Delhi to condemn the misuse of investigative agencies by the Centre against political opponents. The meetings also included a call to intensify their fight against the Modi government’s anti-popular policies. According to the Opposition, the Central government’s actions are an example of “relentless vendetta” against political opponents.

The Opposition parties have accused the Central government of misusing investigative agencies to harass prominent opposition leaders. In particular, they claim that the ED has targeted prominent leaders of different political parties in an unprecedented manner. This has prompted the opposition parties to demand the dismissal of the ED chief. While some opposition parties have accused the BJP of misusing the investigative agencies, the Central government has dismissed the allegations as “unfounded.”

The protests by the Congress MPs were also in solidarity with the ED’s targeting of Sonia Gandhi in the National Herald newspaper money laundering case. Sonia Gandhi appeared before the federal probe agency after receiving a third summon. She requested an exemption on the other two summons issued by the ED. She was questioned by the ED for two hours before being allowed to leave on medical grounds. Opposition leaders and party workers protested across the country.

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