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National Herald Office raided, Congress says ‘can’t silence us’

Sources say the polling firm is likely to attach properties linked to the case after research.

New Delhi:

Days after the Law Enforcement Branch questioned Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi in an alleged money laundering case linked to the National Herald newspaper, the investigative agency is today raiding approximately 12 locations, including the newspaper’s offices in Delhi and several other premises linked to Associated Journals Limited (AJL) — the company that runs the newspaper. Sources say the polling firm is likely to attach properties linked to the case after research.

Congress retaliated by saying opposition questions on critical issues like inflation and unemployment had the government on its back. They are unable to respond to people in the country, so they try to humiliate and blackmail those who ask uncomfortable questions, the party said.

“It’s not just the Congress but the leaders of several opposition parties who are being harassed,” Congress spokesman Syed Naseer Hussain said, adding that the big old party “will not back down.”

“The raids on Herald House, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg are part of the ongoing attack on India’s main opposition, the Indian National Congress.

We strongly condemn this vendetta policy against those who speak out against the Modi government.

You can’t silence us!” Congressman Jairam Ramesh tweeted.

Late last month, Ms Gandhi asked more than 100 questions in 12 hours over three days. His son and Congressman Rahul Gandhi was interrogated earlier for five days and asked around 150 questions.

The Gandhis are under investigation in what is known as the ‘National Herald Affair’ involving the Young Indians’ takeover of Associated Journals Limited (AJL), the company that runs the National Herald newspaper. founded by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

The Law Enforcement Branch says the young Indian has also taken over Rs 800 crore in assets from AJL. According to the income tax department, this should be considered an asset of Young Indian shareholders – Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi – for which they should pay tax.

Denying any wrongdoing, Congress says the Young Indian is a “not-for-profit” corporation so there can be no question of money laundering.

Congressional and labor leaders staged massive protests in the nation’s capital, as well as across the country, against the interrogation of key leaders. They allege the case is politically motivated and that the Center is using investigative agencies for a political vendetta.


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