Meanwhile, Congress leaders on Monday, 20 June, met President Ram Nath Kovind to discuss alleged mistreatment of MPs by the police during their protest against the ED’s questioning of Rahul Gandhi, as well as the newly unveiled Agnipath recruitment scheme.
Protests by workers erupted across the country starting 13 June.
The fourth round of questioning on Monday came after Gandhi’s request to postpone the summons was granted, considering the illness of his mother, interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi had requested the agency to give him relaxation from appearing for questioning from 17 to 20 June.
Sonia Gandhi had tested positive for COVID-19 on 2 June and was expected to turn up for questioning at the agency offices on Wednesday, 8 June. However, the interim party chief, who was discharged on Monday, 20 June, had asked for three more weeks since she was still COVID-19 positive and in isolation. She will appear before the ED on 23 June.
The ED had registered the case to probe alleged financial irregularities in the party-promoted group Young Indian, which owns the National Herald newspaper.
The ED wants to record the statements of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The summons to the Gandhis came after the probe agency questioned Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Pawan Bansal in relation to the case.
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