National Herald Case: Fourth Day of Rahul Gandhi joining ED probe

20 June, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

Rahul Gandhi returned to the ED's ongoing probe into an alleged money laundering case

For the fourth day, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi returned to the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) ongoing probe into an alleged money laundering case involving the National Herald newspaper.

Lok Sabha member from Kerala’s Wayanad appeared at the ED offices at about 11.10 a.m., accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi. From June 13 to June 15, Rahul Gandhi was detained by the ED for more than 27 hours. On June 13, the Congress leader spoke for the first time before ED investigators in the matter.

He requested an exemption from appearing on June 16 and was called on June 17. However, the senior Congress leader requested that his questioning be postponed due to the sickness of his mother, Sonia Gandhi. On June 20, the ED granted his request to join the investigation.

Sources state that the Congress leader, who became a Z+ category Central Reserve Police Force protectee after the Union government revoked the Gandhi family’s Special Protection Group cover in 2019, has been confronted with several documents compiled by the ED as evidence recovered thus far in the case in order to get his version.

According to reports, Rahul Gandhi has been questioned extensively regarding the Gandhi family’s ownership of Young Indian Private Limited (YIL) and its shareholding pattern in Associate Journals Limited (AJL), the business that owns the National Herald newspaper.

ED has also questioned Rahul Gandhi about the circumstances surrounding AJL’s acquisition by YIL in 2010, making it the owner of all assets owned by the National Herald newspaper.