Will Congress’s troubles increase? Evidence of hawala transactions recovered by ED from National Herald’s office: Sources

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday raided a dozen locations of the National Herald newspaper as part of a money laundering probe. According to an India Today report, sources have said that the ledgers point to suspicious transactions. The central probe agency has found evidence of transactions through hawala.

According to the ED, searches are being conducted to collect additional evidence under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate had questioned Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in a money laundering case related to the National Herald newspaper. The inquiry pertains to allegations of alleged financial irregularities in Congress-promoted Young Indian Pvt Ltd, which owns the National Herald newspaper.

ED seals office of Young Indian

Let us tell you that in the National Herald case, the ED sealed the office of Young Indian on Wednesday. According to the probe agency, the office located in the National Herald complex has been temporarily sealed. After this, police security was beefed up outside the Congress headquarters and party president Sonia Gandhi’s residence. However, late in the evening the police removed the security cordon from around the Congress headquarters. Security arrangements remained intact around 12 Tughlaq Lane, the residence of Rahul Gandhi.

Sonia-Rahul have been questioned for several rounds

The ED has questioned Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former President Rahul Gandhi for several rounds in this case. Apart from this, raids were also conducted at a dozen places. Official sources of the ED say that this action has been taken in connection with the investigation of the money laundering case by the ED. The purpose of this is to keep the evidence safe as, during Tuesday’s raid, the evidence could not be collected due to absence of authorized representatives. According to the ED, the rest of the National Herald office is open.

The Enforcement Directorate has also pasted the notice outside the office of Young Indian. It is written on this that this office cannot be opened without the permission of the agency. Officials said that the ED team had sent an e-mail message to the head officer and in-charge of the office to open the premises, but did not get a reply.

The National Herald newspaper is published by Associated Journal Limited (AJL) and Young Indian holds a stake in this company. National Herald is registered in the name of AJL. The ED on Tuesday raided a dozen locations in four states, including the National Herald’s office at the Herald House, as part of its probe into the alleged money laundering case.

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