The Enforcement Directorate (ED) resumed interviewing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for the second day in a row on Tuesday after a day of questioning in connection with an alleged money laundering case involving the National Herald newspaper.
Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi came at ED headquarters at 11:10 a.m. and were detained by investigators shortly after entering the building.
Official sources said the former Congress president was asked to rejoin the investigation after investigators were dissatisfied with his answers during questioning on Monday. He became a Z+ category Central Reserve Police Force protectee after the Union government revoked the Gandhi family’s Special Protection Group cover in 2019.
Sources said the Congress leader would be questioned again regarding the Gandhi family’s ownership of Young Indian Private Limited (YIL) and its part in Associate Journals Limited (AJL), which publishes the National Herald daily. Investigators will also look into the circumstances behind YIL’s acquisition of AJL in 2010, which made it the sole owner of the assets of the National Herald newspaper.
The National Herald, launched by India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was published by the AJL. In 2010, the AJL was taken over by a newly-formed YIL, which featured Gandhi allies Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda as directors.