- ED found suspicious entry during search in Kolkata and Mumbai
- Clues of hawala transactions were also found during the investigation.
- ED seals National Herald office
National Herald Case : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has got a big success in the National Herald case. During searches in Kolkata and Mumbai, ED has found some suspicious entries as well as clues of hawala transactions. Important documents related to a loan of Rs 50 lakh given to Young India have also been recovered from the office of Dotex Company in Kolkata. According to the information, clues of transactions have been found from the hawala found in the entry book. At present, the investigation of all these is going on.
National Herald Office Seal
On the other hand, taking a big action yesterday, the ED has sealed the office of National Herald. Along with this, the ED has directed that the premises should not be opened without the permission of the agency. The ED has put a notice on the National Herald’s office not to open the office without prior permission. The ED had searched this office on Tuesday, after which it has been sealed. The ED team had raided here in order to search the documents here.
Raids at 12 locations in Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata
Earlier, the ED had raided 12 locations in Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata in the National Herald case. Top Congress leaders are accused of violating rules in the National Herald case. ED officials said that raids were conducted under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to gather additional information related to money transactions. The raids were carried out mainly on units that have been involved in transactions linked to the National Herald. This action has been taken on the basis of new evidence that has emerged from the recent interrogation of several people in the case.
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have been questioned
In the National Herald case, the ED has questioned Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former President Rahul Gandhi for several rounds. The Congress had lodged a strong protest regarding this. Congress leaders and workers staged protests across the country over the ED’s interrogation of Sonia and Rahul. During the interrogation of Sonia Gandhi, many Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi were taken into custody by the Delhi Police.
What is the National Herald case?
The National Herald newspaper was started by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1938. The responsibility of running this newspaper was with a company named Associated Journals Limited (AJL). Congress and Gandhi family dominated this company from the beginning. Nearly 70 years later, in 2008, the newspaper had to be closed due to losses, when the Congress gave a loan of Rs 90 crore to AJL from party funds without interest.
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