National Herald case: Motilal Vora’s name resurfaced in ED’s interrogation; Like Rahul Sonia too held him responsible
Enforcement Directorate questioned Congress President Sonia Gandhi for over six hours on the second day of her appearance yesterday in connection with a money laundering case linked to the National Herald newspaper. She has been asked to appear again today before the ED.
Sonia Gandhi was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday for six hours in connection with the acquisition of AJL and its assets worth Rs 800 crore by Young Indian in an alleged money laundering case. ED sources said that during interrogation, Sonia Gandhi said that the late former treasurer of the party, Motilal Vora alone knew about the details of transactions between Congress, AJL and Young Indian.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi and other Congress functionaries including Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Treasurer Pawan Kumar Bansal had taken a similar stand when questioned by anti-money laundering agency officials.
The Enforcement Directorate is investigating alleged financial irregularities at Congress-promoted Young Indian Private Limited, which owns the National Herald. The ED has registered the case after a Delhi court took cognisance of an Income Tax department probe against Young Indian, based on a private criminal complaint filed by Subramanian Swamy in 2013. The Income Tax department, which had been investigating the National Herald case since 2016, had filed a charge sheet alleging financial irregularities in the Congress-promoted Young Indian, which owns the National Herald newspaper. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are among the promoters and majority shareholders of Young Indian with each having a 38 per cent stake in the company.