Sonia Gandhi was summoned earlier but she had requested the probe agency to give her some time after she got affected by Covid and then took time to recover from it.
New Delhi: Congress leader Sonia Gandhi was interrogated for nearly three hours by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday, the first day of her appearance before ED in the alleged money laundering case linked to the National Herald newspaper. Earlier, Rahul Gandhi was questioned for several days in the same case.
According to sources, the ED has summoned Sonia Gandhi again on July 25. Sonia Gandhi was summoned earlier but she had requested the probe agency to give her some time after she got affected by Covid and then took time to recover from it.
Sonia Gandhi’s questioning was carried out by five officers, including a woman Additional Director, who led the team.
Sonia Gandhi had arrived at the ED headquarters in central Delhi around noon and was accompanied by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Priyanka was allowed to stay in the building but away from the questioning room. The permission was given so that in case of a health issue, Priyanka can attend her mother and provide her medicines, said ED officials. The ED had reportedly prepared 50 questions for Sonia Gandhi.
Meanwhile, Congress workers protested against the ED summons to Sonia Gandhi and stopped trains in Delhi and took to the streets to agitate against the Centre, leading the security forces to detain Congress leaders and use water cannons at the protestors. In Bengaluru, Congress workers set a car on fire and the police arrested six.
Violent protests had also broken out when Rahul Gandhi was interrogated by the ED in the same case.