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The ED Summoned Sonia Gandhi: A Brief History Of Opposition Leaders Being Raided

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We have often seen examples in Indian politics which show opposition leaders being raided. This becomes a topic of discussion, yet again, when we consider how the ED summoned Sonia Gandhi. In fact, recently, the ED interrogated the opposition leader for almost 6 hours. While more information comes to the surface regarding the National Herald case, you’ll be informed about the reasons behind why the ED summoned opposition leader, Sonia Gandhi. Let us learn more. 

ED Summoned Sonia Gandhi And Rahul Gandhi

The Enforcement Directorate, ED summoned Sonia Gandhi, the interim president of the Congress, and also, Rahul Gandhi, a Congress party member. 

In the recent past, Subramanian Swamy, a BJP leader, and attorney filed a complaint with a trial court, back in 2012, saying that several Congressmen had been partaking in fraud. There was, apparently, a breach of trust in the purchase of Associated Journals Ltd. by Young Indian Ltd (YIL). The attorney claimed that the YIL had taken over the assets of the National Herald. Hence, the ED summoned opposition leader, Sonia Gandhi. 

National Herald — The Money Laundering Case

Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and their colleagues faced accusations of defrauding the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) of profits which totaled more than 2,000 crores. They did so by purchasing all of its stock and real estate through the business, Young Indian Ltd. 

The corporation also published Navjeevan in Hindi and Qaumi Awaz in Urdu, in addition to the English daily National Herald. 

The Indian National Congress had previously granted the AJL a 90.25 crore interest-free loan. Indicating that Congress may have waived the remaining sum, BJP leader and attorney Swamy said Young India had only repaid 50 lakh of the 90.25 crores AJL owed the Congress during the deal. 

Late Motilal Vora, the former party treasurer, was apparently the only person who was aware of the specifics of the transactions and purchases that took place between Congress, AJL, and Young Indian Ltd., according to certain ED representatives. The ED summoned opposition leader Sonia Gandhi for a reason, and this explains why. 

List Of Opposition Leaders Summoned In The Last Few Years

There’s a history behind the opposition leaders being raided. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are not the only opposition leaders who have been summoned before the Directorate of Enforcement. 

  1. On May 26, 2022, the ED confiscated Anil Parab’s residence in connection with a money laundering probe. Anil Parab is a Shiv Sena lawmaker for Maharashtra.
  2. On March 29, The ED summoned Trinamool Congress (TMC), MP Abhishek Banerjee, as part of a money-laundering inquiry relating to an alleged coal fraud in West Bengal.
  3. After more than 12 hours of interrogation, the ED detained Anil Deshmukh, a former home minister for Maharashtra, in November 2021 due to connection with a money-laundering investigation that happened to have been involved in an alleged extortion ring in the state police system. 

There have been other cases where opposition leaders were raided or arrested on grounds of fraud; hence, it is not a new occurrence. 

Does ED Attack The Opposition Only?

Interestingly enough, rarely do the members of a ruling party or its allies make up the vast majority of the politicians who have been scrutinized under the investigations done by the CBI, ED, and NIA — organizations that are designed to operate independently, irrespective of the government and is required to be free from any political motivations, both in theory and in practice. 

The truth is often messier, though too frequently it is seen that the Central authorities have taken action against opposition leaders, just before elections, which ends up raising concerns about both the political timing and the intent behind these allegations. Most cases have revolved around instances of opposition leaders being raided. 

Regarding the money laundering case, Congress claimed that Young India was founded with the “goal of charity” and not for financial gain, and its transactions were “commercial” rather than financial in character. 

Conclusion

While new information is coming to the surface with each day of questioning, it is evident that there’s more to the case than what meets the eye. Does the history of opposition leaders being raided point to the reasons why the ED summoned Sonia Gandhi? Only time can tell. However, as of now, according to various on-field sources, the Congress Chief has not been given a new round of summons in the money laundering case connected to the National Herald. 

In the meantime, the ED had summoned Rahul Gandhi for questioning in regards to this case over a period of the last month, consisting of sessions that spanned more than 50 hours, over the course of 5 days. The nation can only await an official verdict.

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