National Herald case: ED asks Sonia Gandhi to depose in late July

Another delay in deposing Sonia Gandhi by the ED. Health cited as the reason.

Another delay in deposing Sonia Gandhi by the ED. Health cited as the reason.
Another delay in deposing Sonia Gandhi by the ED. Health cited as the reason.

ED postpones Sonia Gandhi’s summon, asks her to appear in July

Accepting a request for postponing questioning in the National Herald case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi to record her statement with the agency in the last week of July. Sonia Gandhi, who was supposed to depose before the agency on Thursday (June 23), wrote a letter seeking more time on the grounds that the doctors had “strictly advised her to rest at home following her hospitalization on account of Covid and lung infection“.

ED officials said she would be asked to record her statement in the last week of July. Sonia was first issued notice for an appearance on June 8 but after she reported positive for COVID-19, a fresh notice for an appearance on June 23 was issued. She was discharged on June 20. She was admitted to the hospital on June 12, days after testing positive for COVID-19 on June 2. While she was in the hospital, the Enforcement Directorate questioned her son Rahul Gandhi for 54 hours in five days.

Earlier in May, the ED approached the trial court where the main case of BJP Subramanian Swamy was pending, seeking a copy of the documents. Later on May 30, ED told the court that they obtained all documents. The major embarrassing document the Income Tax Department’s assessment exposes that Congress’s claim of giving an Rs.90 crore loan to the Associated Journal Limited (AJL), publisher of the National Herald newspaper was bogus. Through this bogus claim of Rs.90 crore loan, Sonia and Rahul floated company Young Indian obtained 99.9% of shares AJL, which is having land assets worth Rs.2000 crore across the country.

The Income Tax also found that the Young Indian obtaining Rs. One Crore from a shell firm in Kolkata (Dotex) was engaged in several money-laundering activities. PGurus published the 105-page Income Tax assessment report exposing the tax evasion of more than Rs. 414 crore. The detailed Income Tax assessment report exposing the National Herald scam be read here[1].

PGurus Managing Editor Sree Iyer has a written book ‘National Herald Frauds’ detailing the total violations committed by Sonia and Rahul by grabbing the assets of the National Herald newspaper. The book is available on Amazon.[2]


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

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

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