National Herald case: After ED sealed the Herald House, Congress said that the ED has become a “tool” in the hands of the Center to “destroy” opposition parties.
Mumbai: The ED on Wednesday sealed the premises of Young Indian in the Congress’ National Herald office in New Delhi and said that the premises should not be opened without seeking prior permission from the agency.
Delhi police have also tightened security outside Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s house in Janpath. While senior police officers declined to comment on the case, police were deployed outside the Congress headquarters on Akbar Road and streets were barricaded.
“We have received reports from the Special Branch that AICC workers and public figures may be staging protests in front of AICC headquarters and other areas. Since Article 144 was imposed in the area, we have put up barricades to avoid any untoward situation,” a source said.
On Tuesday the ED raided the Herald House along with 12 other locations linked with the money laundering case. Herald House is the registered office of Associate Journals Limited (AJL), the publisher of the National Herald newspaper, which is under investigation over its acquisition by Young Indian, a company associated with the Gandhi family.
After this massive escalation in the case by ED, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge termed it a “tactic to scare people.”
Earlieron Wednesday, Congress said that the ED has become a “tool” in the hands of the Center to “destroy” opposition parties. Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury also said the party was not allowed to raise the issue of the alleged “misuse” of ED in Parliament.
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