ED raids National Herald office, 11 other locations in Lucknow and Kolkata. Expected to attach properties soon

ED raids are going on in this case at 12 locations in Delhi, Lucknow, and Kolkata. It is said that the process of ED raids on the National Herald and its affiliated offices is going on

ED raids are going on in this case at 12 locations in Delhi, Lucknow, and Kolkata. It is said that the process of ED raids on the National Herald and its affiliated offices is going on
ED raids are going on in this case at 12 locations in Delhi, Lucknow, and Kolkata. It is said that the process of ED raids on the National Herald and its affiliated offices is going on

ED raids National Herald offices days after Sonia Gandhi’s questioning

Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday raided Herald House, the head office of the Congress party-controlled erstwhile National Herald newspaper in Delhi, and 11 other locations as part of an ongoing money laundering investigation. Ed also conducted raids at National Herald’s offices in Lucknow and the Doltex, the shell firm belonging to the RPG Group in Kolkata, which paid Rs. One crore to the Young Indian via Congress in a dubious way.

The agency is expected to attach the properties soon. ED had already attached the National Herald offices in Panchkula and Bandra in Mumbai. The searches are being carried out under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to “gather additional evidence with regard to the trail of funds and they are against those entities who were involved in the National Herald-linked transactions”, said the officials.

The action is being undertaken in light of fresh evidence obtained by the ED after the latest questioning of various people, in this case, they said. The raids come after the probe agency questioned Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her MP son Rahul Gandhi at its headquarters here. While Sonia Gandhi was questioned for more than 11 hours, spread over three rounds, last month, Rahul Gandhi was probed by the ED for five days, at intervals, clocking over 50 hours in June. It is learned that both mother and son put all blame on their co-accused Motilal Vora, treasurer of Congress and Managing Director of Associated Journals Limited, who passed away more than a year ago.

Reacting to Congress protests, the main petitioner and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that ED is doing systematically and Congress is playing drama to fool people.

Income Tax has already found huge tax evasion of Rs.414 crore by dubiously floating a private company Young Indian with just Rs.5 lakh paid up capital to acquire the public limited company Associated Journal Limited’s more than Rs.2000 crore worth assets by Sonia and Rahul. PGurus published the 105-page Income Tax Assessment Order exposing the blatant violations and corruption by Sonia Gandhi’s family.[1]

Income tax won the case in all forums including the Tribunal and Delhi High Court. The case is presently on appeal by Sonia and Rahul at Supreme Court from November 2019 and not yet listed due to pandemic lockdown. The Herald House in Delhi was ordered to vacate and the Urban Ministry won the case in Delhi High Court and the case is pending before Supreme Court from November 2019. PGurus Managing Editor Sree Iyer wrote a book on the National Herald scam (‘National Herald Frauds’). The book can be purchased from Amazon.[2]

Reference:

[1] National Herald case: Read 105-page Income Tax Assessment Order against Young Indian exposing Rs.414 crores gainJan 22, 2018, PGurus.com

[2] National Herald frauds: Arrogant stealing of prime real estate – another instance of hubris of the Gandhi family HardcoverFeb 09, 2021, Amazon.in

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