Congress MPs staged a protest in the Parliament complex on Thursday as party President Sonia Gandhi was set to appear for questioning before the Enforcement Directorate in the National Herald case.
The parliamentarians staged protests inside Lok Sabha. They showed placards accusing government of misusing central agencies; several MPs even trooped near the Speaker’s podium raising slogans. The House was adjourned till 11.30 am.
The MPs stepped out of the House, and were joined by the Rajya Sabha MPs of the party, and they marched out of Parliament, raising slogans against the government.
Congress MPs started marching from the galleries of the Parliament House, marched to the Gandhi Statue, which is the usual protest spot for MPs, and then marched out of the Parliament complex heading towards the Congress headquarters.
Senior party leader and former finance and home minister P Chidambaram said the government is continuing its political vendetta.
“They are continuing their vendetta politics. The income tax case is pending in the Supreme Court, the ED is not higher than the Supreme Court.
“What does the ED want to know, what ED wants to know is available in the records of the case in the Supreme Court, so what are they asking,” Chidambaram told UNI.
The Congress president was summoned by the ED on June 23 in the money laundering case, however, as she was recuperating from post Covid health issues, the questioning was postponed.
Party leader and her son Rahul Gandhi has already appeared for questioning at the ED for five days, and has been questioned for over 50 hours.
As per the complaint filed in the court of the Metropolitan Magistrate, Associated Journals Limited (AJL) took an interest-free loan of Rs 90.25 crore from Indian National Congress, which was not paid back.
Congress has maintained there is no money laundering involved, and has called the summons politically motivated move by the Modi government.