Congress’ protest in pics over ED summons to Rahul Gandhi

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Published: Monday, June 13, 2022, 12:22 [IST]

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New Delhi, Jun 13: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Monday appeared before the ED here for questioning in the National Herald money laundering investigation while the Congress workers held a nation-wide protest accusing the ruling BJP of misusing the central agencies.

Gandhi, 51, entered the headquarters of the federal probe agency in central Delhi around 11 AM after he started from the Congress office on Akbar Road accompanied by a large convoy of party leaders including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi leaves for ED office amid protests by party workers, after being summoned for questioning in the National Herald case, in New Delhi

The Enforcement Directorate will record the statement of the Lok Sabha member from Wayanad in Kerala under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The probe pertains to alleged financial irregularities in the party-promoted Young Indian that owns the National Herald newspaper. National Herald is published by the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and owned by Young Indian Pvt Limited, PTI reported.

Rahul’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra came out in his support saying he will be exonerated from all “baseless accusations”. Vadra also cited his own case and how he was summoned 15 times and has been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). In a Facebook post, Vadra, who is married to Priyanka Gandhi, said this government will not be able to suppress the people of the country by such methods of “harassment”.

Hours before Rahul Gandhi appeared before the Enforcement Directorate, the Congress workers who gathered for the march were from areas around AICC office at Akbar road and taken to Mandir Marg police station, officials said.

A day before the scheduled march, the Delhi Police has denied permission for it. “Hours before the scheduled appear before the ED, the Congress workers have been detained Akbar Road, Q Point APJ Kalam Road and Man Sing Road and taken to Mandir Marg police station,” a senior police officer said. The police has also put up a poster of the order at the barricades outside the AICC office. “Security have been stepped up as per the proposed march by the Congress leaders despite denying them permission. All the routes leading to their proposed destination have been heavily barricaded with adequate deployment of forces as a precautionary measure,” the officer said.

“Rahul, you will be undoubtedly exonerated from all baseless accusations,” he said in the post. “I have 15 times been through summons and visits with the Enforcement Directorate and have answered every question and delivered more than 23,000 documents, of my first Rupee earned till date,” Vadra said. “I believe truth will prevail and this harassment of the prevailing dispensation will not have the effect they desire. This government will not suppress people of the country by these methods of harassment. It will only make us all stronger people,” he also said in his post. Vadra said they are here to fight each day for the truth and “the people of the country stand with us”.

Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Traffic Police issued an advisory about the traffic arrangements in a series of tweets so that no inconvenience is caused to the commuters taking the route. “……inwards movement of buses will be restricted in New Delhi beyond Gol Dak Khana Junction, Patel Chowk, Windsor Place, Teen Murti Chowk, Prithviraj Road,” the traffic police tweeted.

The traffic police have urged commuters to avoid certain routes till 12 pm due to the protest to avoid any inconvenience to themselves. “Kindly avoid Motilal Nehru Marg, Akbar Road, Janpath & Man Singh Road between 0700 hrs & 1200 hrs. Due to special traffic movement arrangements will not be possible on these roads,” the tweet said.

Kindly avoid Gol Methi junction, Tughlak Road Junction, Claridges Junction, Q-point Junction, Sunehri Masjid Junction, Maulana Azad Road Junction & Man Singh Road Junction between 0700 hrs & 1200 hrs.

Due to special arrangements there will be heavy traffic movement on these roads,” said another tweet.

PTI

Story first published: Monday, June 13, 2022, 12:22 [IST]

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