Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president, has tested positive for Covid and has isolated herself. She will appear before the Enforcement Directorate on June 8 for interrogation in the National Herald case, according to the party.
Mrs Gandhi got a moderate temperature and other Covid symptoms last evening, according to senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala.
“Over the last week, Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi has met with a number of leaders and activists, some of whom have been found to be Covid +ve. She experienced a moderate fever and Covid symptoms the night before. She was determined to be Covid positive after testing “He tweeted that she is receiving medical attention. Several prominent party executives, including K C Venugopal, general secretary in charge of organisation, have been affected, according to sources.
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“As we previously reported, Congress President will appear before the ED on June 8th. We will keep you informed about any further developments at the Indian National Congress “The general secretary of the Congress stated.
The central agency has summoned Mrs Gandhi and her son Rahul in connection with a money laundering inquiry.
The summons for Rahul was issued today, while the Congress president was summoned on June 8. The Congress leader, on the other hand, is currently abroad and has requested a date beyond June 5.
The Gandhis have been called in connection with allegations of cheating, conspiracy, and criminal breach of trust in the Young Indian Pvt Ltd’s acquisition of Associated Journals Limited, which published the daily.
There is no indication of money laundering or any monetary exchange, according to Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
The party has accused the government of having a political vendetta against the opposition and of utilising central investigation institutions to attack the opposition. “There is no money involved in this peculiar example of money laundering. The casing is as thin as a deck of cards. We’ll deal with it. We are not frightened. This smells like personal vendettas, pettiness, fear, and cheap politics “After the Gandhis were summoned, Mr Singhvi informed reporters.
According to the Congress, the lawsuit only covered the conversion of debt into equity to pay off dues such as salaries, accusing the government of attempting to divert attention away from “serious issues” such as inflation. The matter was closed by the Enforcement Directorate in 2015, but the government dismissed the personnel involved, replaced them, and revived the case, according to Mr Singhvi.
Officials with the agency have stated that the remarks will be recorded under criminal portions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
As part of the inquiry, the federal agency recently questioned Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Pawan Bansal. According to sources, the questioning of senior Congress leaders and the Gandhis is part of a probe into the shareholding pattern, financial transactions, and role of the Young Indian and AJL promoters.