THE Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday recorded Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s statement on the second day of questioning in a money laundering case linked to the ‘National Herald’ newspaper, officials said.
Sonia Gandhi, who was questioned for 6 hours, had reached the ED office in central Delhi around 11 am accompanied by her Z+ armed security and her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
Officials said she has been asked to appear again on Wednesday.
While Priyanka Gandhi stayed back with her, Rahul Gandhi left soon after and joined the Congress protest at Vijay Chowk before being detained by the police.
The 75-year-old Congress President left the ED office around 2 pm and returned around 3.30 pm, officials said.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was in a separate room at the ED office so she could meet her mother to provide medicines or medical assistance if necessary, they said. Sonia Gandhi’s questioning and recording of statements began around 11.15 am after initial formalities, including the verification of summons and signing the attendance sheet, were completed. Tuesday’s questioning session could see the agency asking Sonia Gandhi questions on the functioning and running of the newspaper, the role of its various office bearers, and her and her son’s participation in the affairs of the ‘National Herald’ and Young Indian. The agency will also match her statement with that of Rahul Gandhi as both are majority stakeholders in Young Indian, officials said. The questioning of the Gandhis pertains to the charge of alleged financial irregularities in the Congress-promoted Young Indian, which owns the ‘National Herald’ newspaper.
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are among the promoters and majority shareholders in Young Indian. Like her son, the Congress President too has 38 pc shareholding.