ED Questions Mallikarjun Kharge: Congress MP Jairam Ramesh on Thursday said that senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge was involved in money laundering related to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) National Herald. (Money Laundering) is inquiring.
Jairam Ramesh said that the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge is being questioned by the ED for the last four and a half hours, his examination is going on. Earlier in the day, Kharge informed the Rajya Sabha that the Enforcement Directorate had issued summons against him amid the ongoing proceedings of the monsoon session of Parliament. He said that the central government is trying to intimidate the Congress party.
Mallikarjun Kharge said that I was called at 12:30 in the afternoon. I want to follow the law, but is it right to summon him during Parliament session? Is it right for the police to gherao the residences of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi? They are doing this deliberately to scare us. We will not be afraid, we will fight.
Responding to Kharge’s complaint, Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal said that the Center has nothing to do with it. Goyal said, the government does not interfere in the work of enforcement officers. Perhaps during his tenure, when he was in government, he was interfering. Goyal said law enforcement agencies are doing their job and taking action against those who have done something wrong.
The ED partially sealed the offices of Young India Limited at Herald House in Delhi on Wednesday. Young India is the owner of Associated Journals. Mallikarjun Kharge is the authorized representative of the company and the sealing had to be done as he was not there. In April this year, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned senior Congress leader Kharge in connection with the money laundering probe in the National Herald case and recorded his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).