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Herald ED locked; Huge police presence, Congress leadership is worried about arrest

New Delhi
The Nationwide Herald Workplace, the Congress mouthpiece, was sealed and locked by ED officers. The raid and shutdown got here lower than every week after Sonia Gandhi was questioned. ED questioned Rahul Gandhi for 40 hours. With the closure of the workplace, entry to the workplace of ‘Younger India’ and different establishments on this constructing was blocked.

After the ED motion, an enormous police pressure was deployed on the Congress headquarters and in entrance of Sonia’s residence. With this, the management was frightened that there could be arrests. The police blocked the site visitors to the Congress headquarters by placing up barricades. Senior leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, P Chidambaram, Digvijay Singh and Jairam Ramesh held an emergency assembly on the Congress headquarters. The leaders mentioned that the Modi authorities’s try is to intimidate and humiliate them and they’re going to face the suppression efforts. A nationwide agitation is being organized on Friday, elevating points together with worth hike. A march can even be held to the Prime Minister’s residence. Leaders together with Jairam Ramesh mentioned that the motion of the central company is to divert consideration from the agitation.

The ED raided the Nationwide Herald workplace and 11 different locations on Tuesday. The ED defined that solely the Younger Indian Workplace, which is situated within the Nationwide Herald Workplace, was closed on Wednesday. Mallikarjun Kharge, chief government of Younger India, had come to the workplace. Nevertheless, he left the place earlier than the search was carried out. A discover has been issued to Kharge to cooperate with the search. The workplace will probably be opened as soon as the approved individual seems for the search, ED sources mentioned.

Younger Indian: Sonia and Rahul’s firm
Younger Indian is an organization based in 2010 underneath the possession of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. After its formation, Younger Indian acquired 100 per cent stake in Related Journals, writer of the Nationwide Herald, and belongings value over two thousand crores. The Congress get together had earlier granted an interest-free mortgage of Rs 90 crore to the debt-ridden Related Journals. It was not repaid. In change for this, the shares have been transferred to Younger India for 50 lakh rupees.
The Nationwide Herald, began by Jawaharlal Nehru and different freedom fighters, turned the mouthpiece of the Congress after independence.

BJP chief Subramaniam Swamy approached the courtroom alleging that Younger Indian had illegally acquired the shares of Affiliate Journals to accumulate Nationwide Herald properties. The case is at present pending earlier than the courtroom.

Verdict giving omnipotence to ED is dangerous–opposition events
In a joint assertion, 17 opposition events mentioned that the Supreme Court docket’s verdict upholding the amendments to the regulation giving omnipotence to investigative companies just like the Enforcement Directorate is a matter of concern. The judgment was handed with out inspecting whether or not many of those amendments might be carried out by way of the Finance Act. Petitions questioning the constitutionality of the strategy of bringing amendments by way of the Finance Act are being thought-about by the bench. The current judgment ought to have been stayed until the choice is reached. Within the assertion, it was mentioned that this verdict will give energy to the central authorities, which is taking political revenge by way of authorized amendments.

Elamaram Karim (CPI-M), Binoy Viswam (CPI), Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress), Derrick O’Brien (Trinamool), Sharad Pawar (NCP), TR Balu, M Shanmuhan (DMK), AB Singh (RJD), Ramgopal Yadav (SP), Priyanka Chaturvedi (Shiv Sena), Mahua Majhi (JMM), Narayanan Das Gupta (AAP), Jose Ok Mani (Kerala Congress), Jayant Chaudhary (RLD), Vaiko (MDMK), ET Mohammad Basheer (Muslim League), The assertion was signed by NK Premachandran (RSP) and Kapil Sibal (Impartial).

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