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ED seals Younger Indian workplace in Nationwide Herald premises


Sources stated that the short-term seal has been put so as to ‘protect the proof’ that would not be collected

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday briefly sealed the premises of Younger Indian (YI) within the Congress-owned Nationwide Herald workplace in Delhi as a part of an ongoing cash laundering probe, a day after the Central monetary probe company had carried out raids at 12 areas in Delhi and different locations.

Sources stated that the short-term seal has been put so as to “protect the proof” that would not be collected as authorised representatives weren’t current throughout the raids on Tuesday. The remainder of the Nationwide Herald workplace is, nevertheless, open to be used.

The discover pasted underneath the signature of the ED investigating officer exterior the YI workplace stated it can’t be opened “with out prior permission” from the company. Officers stated the ED crew had emailed the principal officer/in-charge of the workplace to open the premises for it to hold out raids, however the response was awaited.

The Delhi police additionally beefed up safety exterior the Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s home in Janpath. A senior police officer stated, “We have now obtained info from Particular Department that AICC employees and public individuals would possibly stage protest exterior the get together headquarters and different areas. Since Part 144 is imposed within the space, we’ve got put barricades to keep away from any untoward scenario.”

The get together additionally stated it has obtained a letter from the police stating that it can’t maintain any protest on August 5 — the day it was planning to carry huge protests, together with the “Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan” march, towards inflation.

Quickly after the ED sealed the Nationwide Herald workplace, senior Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge termed it a “tactic to scare folks”. “That is only a tactic to scare folks. However folks won’t be scared. They may stand up in revolt,” he stated.

At a press convention, Congress chief Ajay Maken stated the “abrupt motion” was a “distraction ploy from the Congress’s deliberate protest on unemployment and inflation.”

Congress chief Abhishek Manu Singhvi stated the federal government, via the “police gherabandi (barricading)”, needs to “make sure that points just like the job disaster fall out of headlines.”

Senior chief Jairam Ramesh stated, “Those that threaten are those who’re scared. Those that indulge within the politics of vengeance are those who’re scared.”

In a tweet in Hindi, the Congress stated, “The voice of reality won’t be afraid of police guards. Gandhi’s followers will combat and win from this darkness.”

Sealing the workplace of the Nationwide Herald, bringing the Congress headquarters underneath police guard exhibits each the “concern and frustration of the dictator”, the get together stated, including that questions on inflation and unemployment will nonetheless be requested.

Earlier within the day, the Congress had alleged that the ED had turn into a “instrument” within the arms of the Centre to “destroy” Opposition events. Congress chief in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stated that the get together was not being allowed to lift the problem of alleged “misuse” of the ED in Parliament.

Because the highway to AICC headquarters was blocked, the Congress alleged this has turn into the norm slightly than an exception. Mr Ramesh additionally shared a video displaying heavy police presence exterior the AICC headquarters right here and the highway sealed for visitors.

“Delhi police blocking the highway to AICC Headquarters has turn into a norm slightly than an exception! Why have they simply executed so is mysterious…” Mr Ramesh tweeted.

“The Congress is underneath siege. Delhi police has surrounded our HQs, and houses of INC President and ex-President. That is the worst type of vendetta politics. We won’t submit! We won’t be silenced! We’ll proceed to lift our voice towards injustices and failures of Modi Sarkar!,” Mr Ramesh stated in one other tweet.

Whereas coming into the AICC headquarters, senior Congress chief Salman Khurshid advised reporters that there’s nothing within the case of cash laundering investigation, as there may be “no cash concerned, so no query of laundering.”

“I’ve come to my get together workplace, if there may be any info right here I’ll get it. On a regular basis get together employees, MPs are being stopped…You (media) are additionally stopped, you have to not cease and maintain doing all your job,” he advised reporters.

The ED had on Tuesday raided a dozen areas, together with the Nationwide Herald workplace at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, as a part of its money-laundering probe into the Nationwide Herald-AJL-Younger Indian deal.

Earlier, the central monetary probe company had questioned Mrs Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and different get together leaders. Whereas Ms Gandhi was interrogated for over 11 hours over three days in July, Mr Gandhi was quizzed for greater than 50 hours over 5 days in June.




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