Senior Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad got here out in assist of get together president Sonia Gandhi over her questioning by the Enforcement Directorate within the alleged Nationwide Herald cash laundering case.
“Why harass the poor lady?”, he stated whereas addressing media individuals on Wednesday.
“In earlier occasions, when wars have been fought, the bottom rule was to not assault girls and the sick… This can be a custom that was taken care of throughout battles. I wish to request the federal government and ED to maintain this in thoughts and never summon Mrs. Gandhi in her situation”, he stated.
He added that when the central company has all of the paperwork required and has questioned son Rahul Gandhi for “a number of dozen hours” then “why harass the poor lady?”
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Gandhi, who was not too long ago down with Covid-19, is being questioned for alleged monetary irregularities within the party-promoted Younger Indian, which owns the Nationwide Herald newspaper.
The company registered a brand new case beneath the prison provisions of the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA) after a trial courtroom in Delhi took cognisance of an Revenue Tax division investigation into Younger Indian Pvt Ltd on the premise of a non-public prison criticism filed in 2013.
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, who was additionally a part of the press convention, stated that there’s an “ED terror” that exists within the nation. “You’ll be able to think about the place our democracy is headed,” he additional stated.
The senior get together chief alleged that the federal government is misusing the powers of ED to displace elected governments, as was the case in Maharashtra final month.
One other senior Congress chief Anand Sharma make clear the significance of basic rights.
“The problem just isn’t about summoning or questioning. What’s necessary for everybody to grasp that India being a constitutional democracy whereas respecting and implementing the legal guidelines, we should additionally respect the elemental rights not solely justice however proper to fame,” the previous minister stated.
“What has turn out to be a disturbing pattern is that legal guidelines have turn out to be an increasing number of draconian… weaponisation of legal guidelines and their use to focus on and humiliate shouldn’t happen”, he added.
Taking a swipe at Congress, union minister Anurag Thakur earlier stated that the get together was agitating to “save the corrupt”.
BJP spokespersons have been unavailable to touch upon the matter.
On Tuesday, the get together president was questioned for six hours within the Nationwide Herald case and get together staff throughout the nation continued their protest towards the federal government and ED’s probe. 50 parliamentarians together with Rahul Gandhi have been detained on Tuesday.