National Herald Case: Enforcement Directorate to question Rahul Gandhi again on Friday
- The Congress had sent a legal notice to the government on Wednesday
- Rahul Gandhi has clocked more than 25 hours of questioning by the ED
- The notice was sent by the Congress to Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will once again have to appear at the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office again on Friday as the questioning in connection with the National Herald case continues. On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi appeared before the investigative agency for the third consecutive day for questioning.
Earlier today, the Indian National Congress had sent a legal notice to the government which alleges that the media is being fed incorrect information to misreport how Gandhi is handling his questioning.
The legal notice, that was sent by the Congress on Wednesday, cited three reports on news channels to make its point. The reports alleges that these channels claimed, based on unnamed sources, that Rahul Gandhi, accused of money-laundering, is being "evasive" during his sessions with interrogators and "appears to be tutored by his lawyers."
Rahul Gandhi has clocked more than 25 hours of questioning by the ED after it summoned him alleging that with his mother, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, he formed a shell company to gain illegal control of property worth $300 million that was owned by a newspaper founded in 1937 by India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who was Rahul Gandhi's great grandfather.
The notice sent by the Congress to Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman accuses the government of using the ED for political vendetta. It further argues that the alleged "leaks'' to the media are being used to further the government's agenda.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot was also detained on Wednesday amid huge protests. Rajasthan Congress MLA Mukesh Bhakar posted a video on Twitter of the detention where Pilot's supporters can be seen arguing with the police but he eventually agrees to get on the police bus amid supportive sloganeering by Congress workers.