ED questions Rahul, his party hits the streets in protest

The Law Enforcement Directorate questioned Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi for more than 10 hours on Monday in connection with an alleged money laundering case related to the National Herald. Sources said he was summoned again on Tuesday.

When Rahul Gandhi went to the emergency department office in the morning, there were dramatic scenes in the streets with leaders trying to escort him and the police taking them to different police stations.

The party alleged that several leaders were roughed up by the police and at least four senior leaders were injured, including former Federal Minister of the Interior B.

Delhi Police and Sagar Preet Hooda, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), denied the allegations of ill-treatment and abuse by the policemen.

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“All the female workers/employees were released… There were a few complaints at Toghloq Road Police Station but no such incidents (violence). If there are allegations of some manual dealings, the same will be seriously considered for action,” Huda said. the appropriate”.

“15 members of the Lok Sabha, 11 members of the Rajya Sabha and 5 legal aid societies of various states were among the 459 detained under the Delhi Police Act for not following the legal directions of the police,” he said.

Earlier, workers clashed with police, commanders were pushed into police cars, and prime ministers and war veterans sat on buses on their way to police stations amid the sounds of “killing democracy”.

The Delhi Police, blocking all roads to AICC headquarters on 24 Akbar Road and deploying hundreds of personnel, thwarted the party’s plan to march with Rahul from Congress office to ED headquarters one kilometer away by denying it. Permission, and not to allow party workers access to their offices.

Congress claimed that the voice of the opposition was “suppressed” and that the government was acting “cowardly and misusing investigative agencies.”

Rahul arrived at the emergency management headquarters around 11:30 am, accompanied by senior conference leaders and party workers. The sources said that after being questioned for about two and a half hours, he was allowed to leave for lunch. Once he returned, the interrogation continued until ten o’clock in the evening. The sources said that, however, he did not leave the emergency office until very late as he was reviewing the statement the agency had recorded.

The sources said he was questioned about the ownership of Young India by the Gandhi family and its contribution to Associate Journal Limited (AJL), the company that operates the National Herald. He was also questioned about the circumstances under which Young India acquired AJL in 2010, making it the owner of all assets owned by the National Herald.

His mother, Sonia Gandhi, is due to appear before the emergency department later this month – she was admitted on Sunday to Ganga Ram Hospital after post-Covid complications.

While Rahul was heading to the ED office, among those arrested for violating the ban orders were Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gilot and his Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhubesh Bagel, Rajya Sabha opposition leader Malikargon outside, Lok Sabha Congress leader Adir Ranjan Choudhury, AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal, and several CWC members and party deputies.

The head of the Congressional Communications Division Randeep Surjwala claimed that the police pushed Chidambaram and threw his glasses away. He said Chidambaram suffered a hairline fracture in his left rib. He said that while Shaktisin Gohel, who is in charge of the House of Representatives for Delhi and the Rajya Sabha, was beaten with latex, Pramod Tiwari also sustained head and rib injuries when he fell after being pushed.

In a tweet on Twitter, Chidambaram said: “When three big, burly cops bump into you, you’re lucky to get away with a suspected hairline crack! Doctors said if there’s a crack in the hairline, it will heal on its own in about 10 days. I’m fine and I’ll do my job tomorrow.”

Chaudhry said in his complaint, “I was mistreated by the Delhi Police on my way to the emergency department office without an iota of provocation. During the phase of the police atrocities, I sustained an injury to my upper jaw.”

Earlier, the party’s top leadership almost completely assembled at the AICC headquarters by 9 am. Group 23 leaders were missing. While Lok Sabha MP Manish Tiwari has pulled out with Covid, his party mate Shashi Tharoor is abroad.

Rahul arrived with his sister and AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at 10.50 am. Within five minutes, after a short meeting with the senior leadership, he walked out of the AICC headquarters with the top commanders. While Rahul was allowed to leave, the leaders, including Bagel and Jahlot, struggled to get out. Bagel’s security officers were seen arguing with the Delhi police as he was trying to get out of the party office to escort Rahul.

While leaders like Jahlot, Karg, Jiram Ramesh, Digvijaya Singh and several others were taken to Fatehpur Piri, Chaudhry, Venugopal and Harish Rawat Police Station and a large number of leaders and MPs to Tughlaq Road Police Station. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra went to Tughlaq Road Police Station to meet the leaders and also interacted with Venugopal.

After his release, Bagel said, “The whole nation is witnessing the dictatorship of the ruling party…It is a democratic right of the opposition party to organize protests and the BJP is trying to suppress them…When Sonia Gandhi appears in front of the ED, there will be a demonstration bigger than this.”

– with Jignasa Sinha

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