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New Delhi: 

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party leader was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday. The call was made regarding the National Herald money laundering case.

The case is being investigated by the ED for financial irregularities. The National Herald is owned by Young Indian which is promoted by the Indian National Congress. 

National spokesperson of the Congress Randeep Surjewala said, “Started the National Herald newspaper in 1942… At that time, the British tried to suppress it, today the Modi government is also doing the same and ED is being used for this. ED has given notice to our president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi”.

The Enforcement Directorate has asked Sonia Gandhi to appear before the federal agency on June 8. Rahul Gandhi had been asked to appear earlier. 

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi held a press conference and said that the party president will comply with the summons. He also said, “Rahul Gandhi will go if he is here or he may seek a fresh date”.

A tweet was posted by the party’s official Twitter handle which said that it will fight and win but won’t be intimidated. 

Subramanian Swamy of the BJP filed a case in 2012 accusing Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda of cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring the ownership of now-defunct daily, National Herald. 

The National Herald newspaper was founded by the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. The newspaper agency was closely associated with the Indian National Congress until 2008. The newspaper became defunct from April 1, 2008 as the editorial announced that they are temporarily suspending its operations.

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