National Herald case: Mallikarjun Kharge was questioned by ED, Jairam Ramesh gave information
ED asked Mallikarjun Kharge: Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). He is accused of money laundering linked to the National Herald. Congress MP Jairam Ramesh has given this information.
Jairam Ramesh said that the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge is being questioned by the ED for the last four and a half hours. Earlier, Kharge informed the Rajya Sabha that the Enforcement Directorate had issued summons against him during the ongoing proceedings of the monsoon session of Parliament. He said that the central government is trying to threaten the Congress party.
Mallikarjun Kharge said that I was called at 12:30 pm. I want to abide by the law, but is it right to convene Parliament during the session? Is it right for the police to surround the residences of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi? This is being done to scare us. We will not be afraid, we will fight.
Responding to Kharge’s complaint, Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal said that the Center has nothing to do with it. Goyal said, the government does not interfere in the work of enforcement officers. Perhaps during his tenure he was interfering while in the government. Goyal said that the investigating agencies are doing their job. Action is being taken against the wrongdoers.
Meanwhile, the ED on Wednesday sealed the office of Young India Limited at Herald House in Delhi. Young India is the owner of Associated Journals. Mallikarjun Kharge is the official representative of the company. In April this year, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had questioned senior Congress leader Kharge in connection with the money laundering probe in the National Herald case. The ED had recorded his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).