‘No one is above the law’: On the accusation of Congress dictatorship, Smriti Irani’s 8-point questionnaire to Rahul Gandhi
Hitting Congress during its protest march against the Law Enforcement Directorate over the agency’s summons asking Rahul Gandhi to appear before it in the National Herald case for questioning, the BJP said Monday that Congress leaders and workers took to the streets across the country. capital “not to protect democracy” but to “protect more than Rs 2,000 million in Gandhi family assets”.
Addressing a press conference, BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani said the congressional show of force was aimed at putting pressure on the investigative agency, and asserted that no one was above the law, “not even Rahul Gandhi”.
“At the resounding call of the Gandhi family, Congress party leaders and workers took to the streets of the nation’s capital to pressure investigative agencies. A gentleman, who is out on bail, is seeking to pressure an investigative agency that is seeking to unravel the corruption of the Gandhi family,” Irani said.
“Never before has a political family made such a blatant attempt to hold investigative agencies to ransom. Never before has a political family been so keen to protect their ill-gotten gains as the Gandhi family,” she said. added.
Irani posed a series of questions to the former congress chief, questioning her family’s relationship with Dotex Merchandise, which she described as a hawala operator whose transactions have been flagged by the Financial Intelligence Unit.
Here are Smriti Irani’s questions to Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case:
In the 1930s, Associate Journal Limited was formed with 5,000 freedom fighters as shareholders. Now a business that was supposed to be run by freedom fighters has been usurped by the Gandhi family. It is anticipated that AJL’s intention was to publish a journal. However, in 2008, the company appears to have declared that it would no longer publish newspapers, but would enter the real estate business.
It is common knowledge that the Congress party waived a loan of Rs 90 crore. The question I humbly pose to those who may have given money to the Congress Party so that the democratic values of our country could be strengthened – Did you know that the Congress Party, instead of using this money for public gain and public service, used it to benefit the Gandhi family?
The fact that the Gandhi family had to invite people over to protect their real estate interest and profit says a lot about their political character.
There are a few questions to ask Rahul Gandhi:
Is it true that M/s Young Indian was incorporated with the intention of carrying out charitable activities in 2010?
Is it also true that in 2016, the same company which is owned by the Gandhi family, said that in its six years of existence it did not carry out any charitable activity?
The question I hope to find an answer to is, what is Rahul Gandhi’s relationship or the Gandhi family’s relationship with Dotex Merchandise Pvt Ltd?
Mr Gandhi, is it true that Dotex Merchandise Pvt Ltd is one of the many companies of a Kolkata based Hawala entry operator where instead of cash checks are given?
Mr. Gandhi, is it true that Dotex Merchandise transactions have been flagged as suspicious by the Financial Intelligence Unit?
Is it also true Mr Gandhi that today you called your karyakartas and leaders to the nation’s capital not to save democracy but to save your property worth Rs 2,000 crore ? That you will attempt to hold the nation’s capital hostage so that your usurped assets and ill-gotten gains are protected?
It is not a desire to protect democracy. This intended reader is to protect Rs 2,000 crore from the Gandhi family.
What is the National Herald case?
The investigation relates to alleged financial irregularities in the Young Indian party, owner of the National Herald newspaper. National Herald is published by Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and owned by Young Indian Pvt Limited.
The questioning of top Congress and Gandhis leaders is part of the ED investigation to understand the stock holding pattern, financial dealings and the role of the promoters of Young Indian and AJL.
The ED recently registered a new case under the criminal provisions of the PMLA after a Magistrates Court heard of an investigation by the Department of Income Tax against Young Indian Pvt Ltd based on a private criminal complaint filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in 2013.
The Congress party had described the action of the ED as a “vendetta”. He called the accusations “false and baseless” and added that the summoning of the Gandhis was part of the BJP’s “vendetta policy”.
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are among the promoters and shareholders of Young Indian.
Swamy in his complaint had accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others of conspiring to cheat and embezzle funds with Young Indian Pvt Ltd paying only Rs 50 lakh for the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore that Associate Journals Ltd owed Congress.
The Delhi High Court had in February last year issued notice to the Gandhis for their response to Swamy’s plea seeking to produce evidence in the case in the Magistrate’s Court.
The Gandhis had secured separate sureties from the court in 2015 after providing personal bonds of Rs 50,000 and bail. They, however, argued in the Delhi High Court that Swamy’s plea was “ill-conceived and premature”.
The other defendants in the case filed by Swamy are close associates of Gandhi Suman Dubey and technocrat Sam Pitroda. They have previously denied any wrongdoing.