Young Indian Office Sealed, Cops Outside Sonia Gandhi House: 10 Points

New Delhi:
The office of the Young Indian in Delhi has been sealed by the Enforcement Directorate over a case linked to the National Herald newspaper. Police have been deployed outside the residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, questioned recently by the ED.

Here are the Top 10 developments in this big story:

  1. Sources in the Enforcement Directorate said the offices of the Young Indian were temporarily sealed as there was no one from their side to in whose presence searches could be conducted yesterday and today. 

  2. The principal officer, senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge, has been summoned to get the search concluded. As and when the authorised person presents himself for concluding the search, seal will be lifted, sources said.

  3. Besides stationing additional police personnel outside the 10 Janpath Road residence of Sonia Gandhi, the police also temporarily barricaded the roads leading to the Congress headquarters.

  4. The Congress held a meeting of its senior leaders including Salman Khurshid, Mallikarjun Kharge, Pawan Bansal and P Chidambaram.

  5. “National Herald was started by Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.. etc. to involve the people of India in the freedom struggle. Today the investigative agency ED is being misused to tarnish it and the image of Congress. Not only against us, ED is being used against every opposition party in the country to destabilise the governments,” senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.

  6. The Enforcement Directorate raided the offices of National Herald in Delhi’s Herald House yesterday. Eleven other locations linked to the AJL were also raided.

  7. The raids came days after questioning Sonia Gandhi in an alleged money laundering case linked to the newspaper.  The ED has also questioned Rahul Gandhi  –Sonia Gandhi’s son and former Congress chief — for about 50 hours in the case.

  8. Yesterday’s raid was followed by vehement Congress protests.  Calling it “vendetta politics”, Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “The raids on Herald House, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg are a part of the continued attack against India’s principal opposition-Indian National Congress”.

  9. The YIL took over Associated Journals Limited, which runs the National Herald. It took over 800 crores in assets of AJL and according to the Income Tax department, this should be considered an asset of Young India shareholders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, for which they should pay tax. The Congress has claimed that the Young Indian is a non- profit, and so the shareholders cannot make any money from its assets.

  10. The Enforcement Directorate has argued that Young Indian has not done any charitable work and cannot claim the benefit. Its only transaction was the transfer of AJL’s debt. The Congress has countered that the newspaper is the charity.

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