ED gives Sonia 4 weeks to join the Herald investigation

Sonia Gandhis request to postpone her probe into National Herald money laundering case . Sonia was supposed to depose before the government on Thursday .

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate has given Congress President Sonia Gandhi's request to postpone her probe into the National Herald money laundering case, allowing her four weeks to participate in the probe.Sonia, who was supposed to depose before the government on Thursday, wrote a letter to the ED the day before seeking more time on the grounds that doctors had told her to rest following her hospitalization due to Covid and lung infection.According to reports, Sonia would be asked to report her assertion to authorities in the case involving Rs 90 crore given by Congress to Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the publisher of the National Herald daily, in 2010-11.During 2010-11, she was Congress chief.

Rahul has been detained in the case for more than 50 hours over the last two weeks.The present Congress treasurer Pawan Bansal and YI office bearer Malikarjun Kharge have also been investigated by the ED.According to sources, the EDs probes into YI and AJL started earlier this year, based on a Delhi court finding cognizance of the charges brought by BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy in 2013.The court had released the Gandhis on bail after ordering their trial in 2015.

Without a predicate offence or a FIR filed by any enforcement agency, no investigation can be launched under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.The assertions made by Congress leaders have been deemed inaccurate by ED officials.