ED summons Rahul Gandhi: Congress workers continue protests against ED

15 June, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

Congress party continued to protest on Wednesday against Rahul Gandhi's arrest by the ED in connection with the purported National Herald case

Congress party continued to protest on Wednesday against Rahul Gandhi’s arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the purported National Herald case.

During a demonstration in the national capital today, Congress workers sang “Rahul Gandhi zindabad” and brandished placards that said, “I am Rahul too.”

Outside the Congress office, police and other security personnel were stationed, and barricades were erected, as Rahul Gandhi was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the third time today.

On Tuesday, the former Congress chief was questioned by the ED for the second day in a row. On Monday, the ED interrogated Rahul Gandhi for about ten hours.

According to official sources, the Congress leader was faced with many documents compiled by the ED as evidence obtained so far in the case to get his perspective after the Union government withdrew the Gandhi family’s Special Protection Group cover in 2019.

Rahul Gandhi was grilled extensively on the Gandhi family’s ownership of Young Indian Private Limited (YIL) and its shareholding pattern in Associated Journals Limited (AJL), which publishes the National Herald.

According to the ED, Rahul Gandhi has also been requested to detail the facts behind AJL’s acquisition by YIL in 2010, which made it the owner of all assets owned by the National Herald newspaper.

AJL published the National Herald, which was founded by India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. In 2010, the AJL was taken over by a newly-floated YIL, which included Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda as directors, both of whom were Gandhi supporters.