National Herald case: ED accepts Sonia Gandhi’s request to postpone questioning
New Delhi: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday sought adjournment “for a few weeks” to appear before the Enforcement Directorate till she fully recovers from COVID-19 and lung infection. Sonia Gandhi, who was undergoing treatment at Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital since June 12, was discharged on June 20. He was bleeding profusely from his nose after a COVID infection and had a follow-up surgery. “Since she has been strictly advised to take rest at home after being hospitalized due to covid and lung infection, Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi today wrote to the ED seeking postponement of her attendance by a few weeks. until she is fully recovered.” Congress communications in-charge Ramesh said in a tweet.
According to sources, the ED has accepted his written request for deferment of summons in the National Herald case for today. The agency is yet to fix the next date for the fresh summons to him.
According to the party statement, Sonia Gandhi was undergoing treatment for a fungal infection in the lower respiratory tract as well as post-COVID symptoms. Sonia Gandhi has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate on June 23 in the National Herald money laundering case in which her son and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was questioned for 5 days.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi left the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in the national capital after midnight after nearly 12 hours of questioning in a money laundering case involving the National Herald newspaper. The Lok Sabha member from Kerala’s Wayanad reached the ED headquarters along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi at around 11.15 am on Tuesday.
The ED questioned Rahul Gandhi for over 27 hours for three consecutive days from June 13 to June 15 and was summoned again on June 20. On Monday, he was questioned for about 14 hours. The Congress leader was first produced before the ED investigators in the case on June 13.
He had earlier sought exemption from appearance on June 16, after which he was called on June 17. But the senior Congress leader wrote to the ED seeking suspension of the inquiry citing the illness of his mother Sonia Gandhi. On his request, the ED allowed him to join the probe on June 20.