National Herald Case: Taking major action in the National Herald case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sealed its office. Along with this, the ED has directed that the premises should not be opened without the permission of the agency. The ED has put a notice on the National Herald’s office not to open the office without prior permission. Since then the security of AICC headquarters has been increased. Along with this, the security of 10 Janpath i.e. Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s residence has also been increased. The ED had searched this office on Tuesday, after which it has been sealed. The ED team had raided here in order to search the documents here.
Raids at 12 locations in Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata
ED yesterday raided 12 locations in Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata in connection with the National Herald case. Top Congress leaders are accused of violating rules in the National Herald case. ED officials said that raids were conducted under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act to gather additional information related to money transactions. The raids were carried out mainly on units that have been involved in transactions involving the National Herald. This action has been taken on the basis of new evidence that has emerged from the recent interrogation of several people in the case.
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have been questioned in the case
In the National Herald case, the ED has questioned Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former President Rahul Gandhi for several rounds. The Congress had lodged a strong protest regarding this. Congress leaders and workers staged protests across the country over the ED’s interrogation of Sonia and Rahul. During the interrogation of Sonia Gandhi, many Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi were taken into custody by the Delhi Police.
What is the National Herald case?
The National Herald newspaper was started by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1938. The responsibility of running this newspaper was with a company named Associated Journals Limited (AJL). Congress and Gandhi family dominated this company from the beginning. Nearly 70 years later, in 2008, this newspaper had to be closed due to losses, when Congress gave a loan of Rs 90 crore to AJL from party funds without interest.
Then Sonia Gandhi and Rahul formed a new company named ‘Young Indian’. Young Indian got 99 per cent stake in the company in lieu of loan given to Associated Journals. Sonia and Rahul Gandhi hold 38 per cent each in Young Indian Company, while the rest was held by Motilal Bora and Oscar Fernandes.