rahul: Congress workers protest against ED questioning of Rahul; BJP hits back saying party trying to save Gandhi family not democracy: Key points | India News

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in the National Herald case on Monday. Rahul marched to the central probe agency’s office amid a sea of ​​supporters along with sister and party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior Congress leaders.
Rahul Gandhi entered the headquarters of the agency in central Delhi around 11:10 am and was allowed to leave for lunch around 2:10 pm. He returned for further questioning around 3:30 pm, officials said.
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Gandhi wrote down his statement under section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the first round of questioning during which he was also asked about his assets and bank accounts in and outside the country, said sources.
While the questioning was underway, senior Congress leaders and workers in Delhi and across India held protests against the Union government for using central investigative agencies to harass anyone who spoke out against the BJP.

Meanwhile, the BJP hit back at the Congress for trying to politicise the issue with Union Minister Smriti Irani reminding Rahul Gandhi that “nobody is above the law.”
Here is a look at the top developments in the story so far:
Rahul Gandhi meets ailing mother
After being questioned by the ED for over three hours in the morning, Rahul Gandhi went to Sri Ganga Ram hospital to meet his ailing mother Sonia Gandhi, who has been admitted due to Covid-related ailment. Sonia Gandhi has been summoned by the agency in relation to the case on June 23.
After the short break , Rahul Gandhi made his way back to the ED office for a second round of grilling.
Congress leaders hold press meet outside ED office
Mallikarjun Kharge, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and other senior Congress leaders held a press briefing outside the ED office as Rahul Gandhi continued to be interrogated by the agency in the National Herald money laundering case.
Gehlot said that the BJP government was using central agencies to target Congress leaders and any detractors.
“For the last 8 years, central agencies have continuously registered cases against leaders in Opposition… there is a continuous misuse of central agencies to suppress us… this cannot under democracy which is strangled; we oppose this happening. Thousands of workers protested country-wide over the way our party leader was summoned in the National Herald case today,” said Baghel.
Congress leaders express solidarity
Congress leaders on Monday gathered at party headquarters in the national capital to express solidarity with top leadership.
In photos: Rahul appears before ED amid protests by Congress workers
Among the prominent leaders who were seen at the party headquarters were Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Jairam Ramesh, Sachin Pilot, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Mallikarjun Kharge, Karti Chidambaram among others.
Congress leaders Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, KC Venugopal were later detained by police and taken to Tughlaq Road police station. Party’s Deepender S Hooda, Ashok Gehlot also detained & taken to Fatehpur police station.
Party workers protesting in Delhi
Ahead of his questioning, Congress workers were detained from outside the party’s headquarters in Delhi where they had gathered for a proposed march to the Enforcement Directorate’s office.
Congress workers were staging protests outside party’s headquarters in the capital, holding placards in support of Rahul Gandhi saying “jhukega nahi”.
Visuals from the AICC headquarters also showed workers staging protest holding inflatable balloons with ‘Satyameva Jayate’ written on them.

Earlier today Congress workers staged a protest amidst massive sloganeering in support of Rahul Gandhi. ‘Rahul Gandhi zindabad, zindabad’ song resonated at Congress party headquarters.
The workers were also seen showing posters stating, “I am not Savarkar, I am Rahul Gandhi,” “truth will prevail” and “Dear Modi and Shah, this is Rahul Gandhi, he will not bow down” outside the Congress leader’s residence in Delhi.
Nobody above the law: BJP hits back at Congress for politicising issue
(Asserting that the show of strength by the Congress is aimed at putting pressure on the ED, the BJP on Monday attacked the opposition party, saying its leaders have hit the streets in support of corruption and to protect the alleged assets worth Rs 2,000 crore of the Gandhi family.
Noting that nobody is above the law not “even Rahul Gandhi”, BJP leader and Union minister Smriti Irani claimed that never before such a blatant attempt was made by a political family to hold a probe agency to ransom and added that it has been done to protect the “ill-gotten” assets of the family.
Irani alleged that the Gandhi family floated Young Indian to grab assets worth over Rs 2,000 crore from Associated Journals Limited, which publishes the National Herald newspaper.
Over 5,000 freedom fighters had shares in the newspaper when it was floated, and now the Gandhi family owns it, she said, adding that the Young Indian was officially formed for charity purposes in 2010 but admitted in 2016 that it had not undertaken any charitable work in six years.
“It served not society but the Gandhi family”, she said.
Security beefed up outside Rahul’s residence
Heavy police deployment was seen outside Rahul Gandhi’s residence on Monday.
Additional security forces were also stationed outside the Enforcement Directorate’s office in the capital.
The Delhi Police imposed Section 144 in the area around party headquarters at Akbar Road in the national capital.
“Section 144 is imposed here. It is requested to all of you that do not violate the Act 144 otherwise strict legal action will be taken,” said an order from the deputy commissioner of Delhi police.
The Congress has also alleged that the Delhi police has barricaded all entry points to the AICC headquarters, preventing the entry and exit of people.
Senior Congress leaders slam Modi govt
Congress leader and Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said his party was a protest march against the misuse of central agencies by the ruling BJP government.
He added that there was nothing wrong in holding a peaceful protest.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala also said that the party will not bow down, as we are the protectors of the Constitution.
“By deploying a large police force, and imposing an undeclared emergency in Delhi, it has been proven that Modi government is shaken by Congress,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.
“Satya ka Sangram will continue under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. Even the British could not suppress the voice of Congress during the freedom struggle, then how can this government ruling?” Surjewala told ANI.
Congress MP Karti Chidambaram said that they are here in the national capital from various parts of India to show solidarity with our party leadership and show the nation the blatant misuse of ED.

“We are here from various parts of India to show solidarity with our party leadership and show the nation the blatant misuse of ED. All cases of ED are bogus. I have got ED notices the maximum times, so I am the resident expert in Congress in the matters of ED,” said Chidambaram.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhuri said that Congress believe in peaceful protest and not instigating riots like BJP.
“We want to go along, it’s not a crime. They are deliberately not giving us permission. We urged Amit Shah to allow us but to no avail. We in peaceful protest & not believe instigating riots like BJP,” he told ANI.
National Herald-AJL case in brief
The National Herald case pertains to the probe into the alleged financial irregularities in the Congress-promoted Young Indian that owns the National Herald newspaper, founded by Jawaharlal Nehru. The paper is published by Associated Journals Limited.
Rahul and his mother Sonia are alleged to have been involved in a ‘cheating and breach of trust’ when Associated Journals Ltd was acquired by Young India Pvt Ltd in which the Gandhis held a majority stake.
The case, to complaint the investigation of the alleged financial irregularities under the PMLA, was registered about nine months ago after a trial court took cognisance of the Income Tax Department probe carried out on the basis of a private criminal filed by former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy in 2013.
Rahul Gandhi was earlier summoned to join the investigation but he was out of the country and later he was given a fresh date of June 13 to join the probe.
ED on Friday issued a fresh summons to Sonia Gandhi asking her to appear on June 23 for questioning in connection with the National Herald money laundering case.
(With inputs from agencies)


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