ED’s summons to Sonia Gandhi in National Herald case out of political vendetta: MPCC chief

Mumbai, July 11 (Agency) Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Nana Patole said on Monday that the ED’s summons to Congress national president Sonia Gandhi asking her to appear before it on July 21 in the National Herald case is out of political vendetta. In a statement, he said that the Enforcement Directorate has sent the notice to Ms Gandhi in the National Herald case out of political vendetta and asserted that the party is not scared of such repression and will continue to fight. He pointed out that not a single penny was misappropriated and no directors affiliated with the National Herald received any dividends or kickbacks.

“All the transactions are completely transparent. How does money laundering happen when there is no transfer of movable and immovable property and no-one benefits,” he asked. The re-opening of this case, which was closed in 2015, is just a way of unnecessarily harassing the Gandhi family, the MPCC chief noted and said the ED’s summons to Ms Gandhi to appear on July 21 is out of political revenge, The Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government is acting arbitrarily and misusing central agencies like the ED, Income-Tax and CBI to silence the Opposition, Patole said. The Modi government is deliberately harassing the Congress leaders, he added.