Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader, was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the third day in a row on Wednesday in the National Herald money laundering case. With his “Z+” category CRPF security escort, Gandhi (51) arrived at the ED headquarters on APJ Abdul Kalam Road in central Delhi around 11.35 a.m.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, his sister and Congress general secretary, accompanied him. After being questioned for over 11 hours, he left this office at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) are in effect, and a large contingent of police and paramilitary personnel has been deployed around the federal agency’s office.
As party MP Rahul Gandhi appeared for the third day of questioning by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the National Herald case, protests were led on the third day by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
Two NSUI workers also climbed a water tank in Delhi to protest against the ED probe.
A Group of Congress Workers Protested near to ED office by burning tyres while police detained all the workers. It created a panic situation near the Khan Market Area.
Protesters also held placards that read, “I am Rahul too.” Outside the party’s Akbar Road headquarters, dozens of Congress leaders and workers protested and engaged in a tense standoff with Delhi Police and other security personnel.
Bhupesh Baghel, the chief minister of Chhattisgarh, was seen on a dharna in support of Rahul Gandhi, and his Rajasthan counterpart, Ashok Gehlot, slammed the BJP over the ED summons to the former Congress president on Tuesday. Congress has accused the BJP of abusing federal investigative agencies.
On Monday and Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi was questioned in connection with the National Herald case.
Sonia Gandhi, his mother and party chief, was also summoned, but her questioning has been postponed due to a positive Covid-19 test.
Other party leaders, such as Mallikarjun Kharge and Pawan Bansal, had previously been questioned.
Senior Congress leaders claimed that the Delhi Police forcibly entered the AICC Headquarters in New Delhi and thrashed party workers, amid the Congress’ protest against the BJP and Enforcement Directorate for “implicating” former Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a money laundering case.
Over 250 – 450 Congress leaders and workers have been detained by the Delhi Police in the last two days for illegal assembly and violating police orders. The Akbar Road area has been subjected to Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code. Party members and leaders were also lathi-charged inside and outside the office, according to Congress leaders.
DCP (New Delhi) Amrutha Guguloth denied the allegations of lathi charge, calling them “untrue.”
“The workers went outside and threw barricades at the police officers.” So there could have been a quarrel. The allegations of police forcibly entering the office and using pepper spray are completely false. There is no use of force by the police. There would be no problems if the organisation came to speak with us and provided a detailed list. If there is an unorganised gathering, we will intervene and speak with workers. We’ll have to detain them if they don’t listen to us,” said Special CP (Law and Order) Sagarpreet Hooda.
Telangana Congress leaders and activists staged a protest in front of the Enforcement Directorate’s Hyderabad unit office on Tuesday, as party MP Rahul Gandhi was questioned by the ED for the second day in a row in connection with the alleged money laundering case involving the National Herald newspaper.
Police detained Congress leader Sachin Pilot outside the AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday, amid protests by party workers over Rahul Gandhi’s questioning by the Enforcement Directorate in the National Herald money laundering case. When the police stopped and detained Pilot and other party workers on their way to work, they were on their way to the office.
The number of Covid-19 cases in the capital has increased dramatically in the last two days, with 1,375 cases being reported on Wednesday. According to the government’s health bulletin, the positivity rate – the proportion of samples tested that returned positive, indicating the spread of the infection in the community – was 7.01 per cent. During the current surge, the daily incidence increased from 500 to over 1,000 in just seven days.