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Rahul Gandhi wants ED to postpone interrogation for Sonia’s Covid treatment; The agency accepts the request

ByJanice K. Merrill

Jun 16, 2022

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asked the Law Enforcement Directorate (DE) to postpone the June 17 (Friday) interrogation due to the treatment of his mother and party chair Sonia Gandhi, according to sources. The ED acceded to his request.

Rahul, 51, appeared before the ED for three consecutive days of questioning in the National Herald money laundering case, with the agency seeking answers about his ‘personal role’ in making decisions about the media organization and its owner Young Indian.

In a letter written to the investigative agency, Gandhi said he could not participate in the interrogation process and asked for a few days’ extension to look after his mother. ANI citing Congressional sources saying Rahul Gandhi asked ED to reschedule the June 17-20 interrogation.

Sources said the ED had agreed to Rahul Gandhi’s request and would issue a new summons for Monday.

Sonia Gandhi, 75, tested positive for Covid-19 on June 2 and was recovering. The Congress speaker is admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi. She was due to appear before the ED on June 8 and had requested more time from the investigative agency, which has now issued her with a new subpoena on June 23.

Robert Vadra, Priyanka Gandhi’s husband, reacted to the ER investigation into Rahul Gandhi and said: ‘We visit him (Sonia Gandhi) every day in the hospital. Rahul Gandhi is concerned about his health so he visited him in hospital during lunch break. The ED calling him (Sonia Gandhi) for questioning is nothing but a humiliation from the government. I told Rahul Gandhi that whatever you say, the agency will never be satisfied with your response. The story of ED plants to denigrate the image.

The ED summoned Rahul Gandhi for questioning for the fourth time on Friday. The congressman had asked for an exemption for Thursday, which was authorized.

On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi arrived at the ED headquarters on APJ Abdul Kalam Road in central Delhi at around 11:35 a.m. with his “Z+” category CRPF security escort. He was accompanied by his sister and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as his convoy sped past police barricades crowded with journalists and party supporters.

Top Congress leaders have been protesting and seeking arrest in solidarity with Rahul Gandhi for three days as he appears for questioning before the ED. The case concerns alleged financial irregularities in the Congress-promoted Young Indian Private Limited, owner of the National Herald newspaper. The newspaper is published by AJL and is owned by Young Indian Private Limited.

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