Sonia Gandhi, the interim head of the Congress Party, has asked for a three-week delay to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The ED has agreed to their request, and the agency will now issue a new summons to question them. On June 8, the ED called Sonia Gandhi for questioning. In the National Herald case, the ED had issued summonses to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi was scheduled to appear before the CBI on June 8 and Rahul Gandhi on June 13.
Sonia Gandhi will join the interrogation on June 8, and if Rahul Gandhi returns from abroad, he will also join; otherwise, extra time would be sought from the investigative agency, according to Congress politician and lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi. If Sonia and Rahul do not want to go before the ED, they have two choices, according to experts. First, they have the option of leaving without responding to the notice. The ED will give them another notification in this situation. The other alternative is to file a legal challenge to this notice.
Randeep Surjewala encircled the ED during the press briefing and referred to it as the PM’s favourite agency. According to Surjewala, the Modi government has been blinded by vengeance. He had referred to the ED’s notice as a new act of cowardice. The National Herald, according to Surjewala, was published in 1942. The British government attempted to put a stop to it. The Modi government is now utilising ED to accomplish the same thing.
What exactly is the case of the National Herald?
In the National Herald affair, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy levelled severe allegations against Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, late leader Motilal Vora, journalist Suman Dubey, and technocrat Sam Pitroda. He claimed it was illegally purchased through Young India Limited, and that Congress politicians snatched assets worth up to Rs 2,000 crore. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) began an investigation into this case in 2014. The Congress has stated that the objective of Young India Limited is not to make a profit, but rather to help others.