New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Wednesday summoned Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the money laundering case related to National Herald, according to news agency PTI.
However, Congress claimed that the case was closed by the investigating agency in 2015.
“The BJP is using puppet agencies to intimidate political opponents. National Heral has a history that goes back to independence days,” Congress member and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times, adding that all opposition members including Mamata Banerjee, Farooq Abdullah are under the attacks from agencies. “All companies do improve balance sheet by turning loans into equities, Singhvi was quoted further saying.
“In 2015, the ED closed the National Herald case. But the govt didn’t like it and it removed the ED officials concerned, brought in new officials and reopened the case. This is to divert attention from inflation and other raging problems,” Singhvi added.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “We will not get frightened, we will not bow down.”
“The BJP has in fact disgraced and dishonored the freedom fighters, the stalwarts of the nation and their contribution to the freedom struggle in which their party and their predecessors have no role,” Singhvi said adding that this is a weird case of money laundering in which no money is involved.
The National Herald case pertains to the alleged misappropriation of assets of over Rs 2,000 crore in an equity transaction.