Sonia, who is still suffering from Covid, requests extra time to appear before the ED

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According to party sources, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has requested extra time from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to appear before it because she is still suffering from Covid.

Gandhi, who tested positive on Thursday, is still recovering, according to them, and her most recent report is not Covid-negative.

Gandhi was called by the ED on June 8 in connection with a money laundering case involving the National Herald newspaper and the AJL.

On June 13, the ED called her son and former party head Rahul Gandhi to testify in the case.

The agency had previously requested that he depose on June 2, but the Lok Sabha member from Kerala’s Wayanad constituency requested a new date because he was abroad of the country. Rahul Gandhi was later summoned to the federal agency’s headquarters in central Delhi on June 13.

Sonia Gandhi is resolved to appear before the ED, according to Congress leaders, if she recovers from the infection.

The case concerns an investigation into potential financial irregularities at the Young Indian newspaper, which is owned by the party. Young Indian Pvt Limited owns and publishes the paper, which is published by Associated Journals Limited (AJL).

Officials said the agency wants to record Rahul and Sonia Gandhi’s comments under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act’s criminal sections (PMLA).

Sonia Gandhi is unlikely to appear before the ED in a money laundering investigation, according to Delhi Confidential.

The interrogation of key Congress leaders and the Gandhis is part of the ED’s probe into the promoters of Young Indian and AJL’s shareholding structure, financial transactions, and participation, authorities said.

Young Indian’s promoters and shareholders include members of the Congress party’s first family, including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

After a trial court here took notice of an Income Tax Department enquiry against Young Indian Pvt Ltd on the basis of a private criminal complaint filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in 2013, the probe agency filed a new case under the criminal provisions of the PMLA.

Swamy had accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and others of scheming to defraud and misappropriate funds by giving merely Rs 50 lakh to Young Indian Pvt Ltd in exchange for the right to reclaim Rs 90.25 crore owing to the Congress through Associate Journals Ltd.

The Congress reacted angrily to the ED summons, claiming that the “fake issue of AJL (Associated Journals Limited) is an attempt by the BJP’s propaganda machinery to deviate, divert, and digress citizens’ attention from the multifarious vital issues of inflation, falling GDP, social unrest, and social divisiveness in this country.”