India’s ED summons Sonia Gandhi in late July

New Delhi, June 23 (KMS): India’s Enforcement Directorate has asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to record her statement with the probing agency sometime in late July after it accepted her plea to postpone her deposition in a money-laundering case linked to the National Herald newspaper.

Officials said that Sonia Gandhi was issued a second summons for June 23 by the agency but the 75-year-old Congress leader could not keep the date as she “has been strictly advised to rest at home following her hospitalisation on account of Covid and lung infection”.

They said the NIA has postponed her questioning in the case for about four weeks and she has now been asked to depose sometime in the last week of July.

Sonia Gandhi was first issued the notice for an appearance on June 8 but after she reported positive for COVID-19, the summons for June 23 was issued.

The Congress president was on Monday discharged from a private Delhi hospital where she was admitted for coronavirus-related complications. She was admitted to the hospital on June 12, days after she tested positive for COVID-19 on June 2.

Her son and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has been questioned by the agency in the same case for about 54 hours over five days.

The probe relates to alleged financial irregularities in the Congress-promoted Young Indian Private Limited, which owns the National Herald newspaper.

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