According to reports, the ED move is a part of the ongoing probe into the alleged irregularities related to the newspaper.
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday sealed the office of the Young Indian Ltd. According to reports, the ED move is a part of the ongoing probe into the alleged irregularities related to the National Herald newspaper.
Reports also suggested that the Delhi Police had temporarily put up barricades outside Congress headquarters and outside the house of Sonia Gandhi.
The Young Indian Ltd had taken over over Associated Journals Limited, which runs the National Herald. The move comes days after the Enforcement Directorate questioned both Congress president Sonia Gandhi and senior party leader Rahul Gandhi for their alleged role in the irregularities.
Meanwhile, sources in the ED said the offices of the Young Indian were temporarily sealed as there was no one from Young Indian’s side to get the searches conducted. Senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge has been summoned to get the search done. When the authorised person presents himself, the seal will be lifted, the source added.
Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “The National Herald was started by Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai and others to include the people of India in the struggle for freedom. ED is being misused to tarnish it (the newspaper) and the image of Congress. Not only against us, the ED is being used against every Opposition party in the country to destabilise the governments.”
Taking to Twitter, senior party leader and Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh said, “@INCIndia is under siege. Delhi police has surrounded our HQs, and homes of INC President & ex-President.This is the worst form of vendetta politics. We will not submit! We will not be silenced! We will continue to raise our voice against injustices and failures of Modi Sarkar!”