ED intensifies probe in National Herald case; summons some more Congress leaders for grilling
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued notices to some ex-Congress Ministers of Andhra Pradesh for giving money to Sonia-Rahul Gandhi-controlled company Young Indian. The Congress leaders who were summoned by the ED are former Congress Ministers of undivided Andhra Pradesh P Sudarshan Reddy, Geeta Reddy, and Mohammed Ali Shabbir. Former Congress MP Anjan Kumar Yadav who represented Secunderabad was also summoned by the anti-money laundering probe agency for giving money to Young Indian from 2011 – 2014.
Congress Karnataka PCC president and former Minister D K Shivakumar was also questioned by the ED in this regard. Shivakumar who recently appeared before the ED told the media that he was questioned by ED on the money transaction with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi-controlled company Young Indian which took over the National Herald newspaper publishing company Associated Journal Limited in a dubious way in late 2010.
Earlier this week, D K Shivakumar had told reporters after finishing his questioning session with the ED in Delhi that he was questioned about certain transactions made by him to this company in the past. “Surprisingly, they (ED officials) have asked me about the payment from one of my trusts, from me and my brother to Young Indian,” he told reporters on September 19. Shivakumar said he had sought more time from the agency to furnish details about his assets and liabilities.
It is interesting to note that Young Indian was accepting money from many then Congress Ministers. Young Indian, which claimed to be formed for charitable purposes was used to receive money. It is learned that ED is going to summon or inquire about all made payments to Young Indian fully controlled by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. Some Corporate Houses also made payments to Young Indian. Young Indian’s first payment of Rs. One Crore was made by a Kolkata-based shell firm Doltex, which is linked to RPG Group.
Income Tax has already caught Young Indian for more than Rs.414 crore tax violation. Sonia and Rahul lost their cases against Income Tax in all forums including Delhi High Court. Their appeal is currently pending in Supreme Court from November 2019. PGurus has published the 105-page Income Tax Assessment Order exposing the National Herald scam orchestrated by floating a dubious company Young Indian to grab the assets of National Herald newspaper spread across India, worth more than Rs.5,000 crore.
PGurus Managing Editor Sree Iyer published a detailed book on National Herald Scam. The book is available here on Amazon.
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