Rahul Gandhi, who was scheduled to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday for questioning in the National Herald case, will now do so on Monday. According to sources, Rahul applied for a leave of absence on Friday, which was granted by the agency.
Since Monday, Rahul has been questioned by the ED for three days in a row. On Thursday, he requested an exemption from appearing, and on Friday, he was summoned. According to sources, Rahul is being questioned regarding the Gandhi family’s ownership of Young Indian (YI) and its stake in Associate Journals Limited (AJL), the company that publishes the National Herald daily. He’s being questioned about the circumstances surrounding the acquisition of the AJL by Young Indian in 2010 for a “pittance,” making it the owner of the National Herald’s whole portfolio of properties.
Sonia Gandhi, Rahul’s mother, is set to appear before the ED later this month. Rahul had been summoned for questioning on June 2, and Sonia had been summoned on June 8. Both, on the other hand, had requested extra time from the agency.
The ED case is based on a trial court ruling allowing the Income Tax Department to investigate the business of the National Herald newspaper and assess Sonia and Rahul’s tax liabilities. A petition submitted by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in 2013 resulted in the order.