Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will appear today for the fifth day of questioning by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The Wayanad MP has been questioned for more than 40 hours in an alleged money laundering case.
Gandhi’s interrogation resumed yesterday after a day-long break, which allowed him to visit his hospitalized mother, Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi. He left the ED office after midnight after yesterday’s interrogation.
Ms Gandhi, who was discharged yesterday after being treated for post-Covid complications, has also been summoned by the emergency room. She has been given until June 23 to appear before the office in connection with her illness.
Rahul Gandhi is questioned over the ownership of Young Indian Private Limited (YIL) by the Gandhi family and its shareholding in Associated Journals Limited (AJL), which ran the National Herald newspaper, a congressional mouthpiece that has been transformed into an online-only exhaust pipe.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others of conspiracy to embezzle funds.
The Young Indian took over Rs 800 crore in assets from AJL and according to the Income Tax Department, this should be considered as an asset of Young Indian shareholders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on which they are required to pay tax. Congress has claimed that the Young Indian is a non-profit organization so shareholders cannot monetize its assets.
Mr Gandhi’s interrogation last week had come into force before Congress, with party leaders taking to the streets in the national capital and facing arrests.