Enforcement Directorate (ED), last night, sealed the offices of Congress-promoted Young Indian Private Limited at the Herald House in New Delhi. The agency has said the premises cannot be opened without prior permission. ED’s action comes a day after the agency carried out searches at 12 locations in connection with the National Herald money laundering case. Young Indian is the company that owns the National Herald newspaper.
ED’s decision to seal the Young Indian office has left the Congress leaders outraged. The leaders have slammed the probe agency’s actions and alleged that the entire case is part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government’s vendetta politics.
Following this action, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs of the Congress Party held a meeting to discuss strategies and future course of action.
Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Ajay Maken, and Abhishek Singhvi said that the party is not intimidated by such petty tactics. Singhvi told reporters, “Today you have created a siege mentality, a climate of fear. The entire country watches as investigative agencies are deployed mindlessly against the leadership of India’s oldest political party.”
Furthermore, Singhvi said that the party’s headquarters, as well as Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s residences, are being swarmed by police. He said that the top leadership of the Congress party is being treated as ‘terrorists’.
Replying to Jairam Ramesh’s tweet,
Ashok Gehlot said, “Today’s action to convert Congress headquarters and 10 Janpath into a police camp is an undeclared emergency. The office of the National Herald (Young India) was forcibly sealed. If the general public does not stand with the Congressmen against this dictatorial government of NDA, then the whole country will have to bear the brunt of it.”
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on July 12 appointed Gehlot as the senior observer for the Gujarat Assembly elections. The Rajasthan Chief Minister is expected to be in Gujarat today, where he will hold a meeting with senior party leaders of the state.