Sonia Gandhi, the head of the Congress, spoke for more than two hours in the National Herald money-laundering case on Thursday before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) complied with her request to terminate the day’s proceedings as she recovers from COVID-19.
Gandhi, 75, arrived at the ED headquarters in central Delhi’s Vidyut Lane, which is adjacent to APJ Abdul Kalam Road, a little after midday, escorted by her Z category CRPF security protection, amid widespread protests by Congress leaders and supporters.
After various preliminaries, such as the authentication of the summons and the signing of the attendance sheet, the questioning reportedly started around 12:30pm.
The BJP attacked the Congress, pointing out that there were no protests when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to testify before the special inquiry team in the Gujarat riots case while he was the chief minister of Gujarat.
According to PTI, she was granted permission to leave after requesting it for medical reasons. The National Herald newspaper is owned by the Congress-supported Young Indian Private Limited, which is the subject of the investigation into potential financial irregularities.
The Opposition released a joint statement earlier in the day denouncing the ED’s summons of Gandhi as part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s “relentless campaign of vendetta” against political parties.