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National Herald Case: Fresh Summons Likely to Gandhis as ED Finds 'Suspicious Transactions' Linked to Congress-Owned Young Indian

By: News Desk

Edited By: Nayanika Sengupta

News18.com

Last Updated: November 07, 2022, 10:08 IST

Delhi, India

File photo of Rahul and Sonia Gandhi. (File pic/PTI)

File photo of Rahul and Sonia Gandhi. (File pic/PTI)

Transactions of around Rs 4-5 crore found to have been done through shell companies, sources said, adding that the ED has already recorded statements of owners/shareholders/directors of these shell companies

Fresh trouble seems to be on cards for Sonia and Rahul Gandhi as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is said to have found “major suspicious transactions" in Congress-owned Young Indian in its probe in the National Herald case, sources in the central agency told News18.

Transactions of around Rs 4-5 crore found to have been done through shell companies, sources said, adding that the ED has already recorded statements of owners/shareholders/directors of these shell companies.

Sources said that all the office bearers of Young Indian, including Pawan Bansal, Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will be summoned soon, sources said. They will be confronted with evidence related to these suspicious transactions.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her MP-son Rahul Gandhi are among the promoters and majority shareholders in Young Indian. Like her son, the Congress president too has 38 per cent shareholding. The case pertains to a probe into alleged financial irregularities in Young Indian, that owns the National Herald newspaper. The National Herald is published by Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and owned by Young Indian Pvt Limited. The newspaper office is registered in the name of AJL.

The ED in August searched the office Young Indian in Delhi as part of the ongoing probe in the National Herald case. The searches, which lasted for more than six hours, were conducted in the presence of senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge at the Herald House building. The grand old party had also slammed the summons issued to Kharge right in the middle of the Parliament session.

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