How Congress plans to tackle ED as Rahul is scheduled to appear Monday

The Enforcement Directorate summoned Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi on Monday and Sonia Gandhi on June 23. Congress decided to tackle DE politically and legally. On Sunday, the party will hold a press conference and senior party leaders will accompany Rahul Gandhi to the ED office.

This was decided at a meeting of state officials, general secretaries and state presidents on Thursday which was convened to prepare for the second stage of the Jan Jagran Abhiyan, an agitation program against inflation.

The party is mulling a suggestion that party MPs will also accompany former party chairman Rahul Gandhi to the law enforcement leadership office and many MPs have already written to the party for this. The party believes the agencies’ assault on Congress can only be seen as a political decision because the cases are politically motivated.

Acting Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi was scheduled to appear before the ED on Thursday, but due to her Covid infection she requested more time and the ED called her on June 23.

The case was filed against various congressional leaders, including the Gandhis, for allegedly embezzling funds from the National Herald.

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Calling the ED convening a ‘revenge policy’, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala had said: ‘It is a vendetta and revenge policy by the BJP to target opposition leaders as they have done against other opponents in the country”.

“The National Herald newspaper was started in 1942. At that time the British tried to shut it down, today the Modi government is also doing the same as the British. Now the ED is being used for this purpose. .”

Since there is no money involved in the case, congressional sources say the case was dismissed in 2015.

The AJL was incorporated as a limited company on November 20, 1937 under the Indian Companies Act 1913, for the purpose of publishing newspapers in different languages. He started publishing newspapers such as “National Herald” in English, “Navjivan” in Hindi and “Quami Awaz” in Urdu.

Publication of the newspapers was suspended several times due to financial difficulties and labor issues, and on April 2, 2008, the newspaper was closed.

The properties were allocated to carry out press activities and the publication of newspapers in different languages. However, he was also allowed to rent these properties for rent to meet his publishing activities, after the newspaper closed.

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi defended the Gandhis and said: “This is really a very strange case, an alleged case, a case of money laundering, for which summonses are issued with no money involved. I I haven’t yet heard of this absolute acrobatics in the imagination of creating subpoenas for money laundering allegations, when there is no money involved.”

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Congress said the case is about Subramanian Swamy moving the court and from 2014 to 2015 ED did not see fit until today as they know they have no material to seek a summons to the President of the Congress or to the former President of the Congress.

The AJL has had many financial problems over the decades. The Congress party stepped in and over a period of time gave odd Rs 90 crores as financial support at different times. So AJL became an indebted company, an indebted company. AJL has converted its debt into equity.

“So this debt of Rs 90 crore has been assigned to a new company and you have to note, what a new company is, it’s called ‘Young India’, so AJL’s books have become debt free.” Young India” in turn, who received the debt, was a newly established company under a special provision of the Companies Act, Section 25, which has two very vital conditions and a non-profit company. He must be, by definition, by statute, by law and without dividends can be given to his shareholders and directors.So you cannot set up a company, where he and I are shareholders and we withdraw Rs 100, 50 each from the company , you can’t take a dime. That’s the nature of Section 25,” Singhvi said.

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