Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi summoned by ED in money laundering case

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, son and former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi summoned by Enforcement Directorate in money laundering case.

The notice was in connection with the National Herald case, which was closed by the investigating agency in 2015, sources said.

Rahul Gandhi has been summoned tomorrow and Sonia Gandhi on 8 June.

Rahul Gandhi has asked to appear after June 5 as he is not in the country.

The agency, officials said, wants to record their statements under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

“It’s a political, social, economic, and legal battle,” the Congress said, asserting that the Gandhis had nothing to hide.

“This is a strange case of money laundering where no money is involved. The case is more hollow than a pack of cards. We will face it. We are not intimidated. This reeks of vendetta, pettiness, fear and cheap politics,” Congress MP and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters.

Singhvi said the case was closed in 2015 by the Enforcement Directorate but the government removed the officials concerned, brought in new officials, and reopened the case.

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