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National Herald case: Rahul Gandhi asked to appear before ED tomorrow

The investigation is related to alleged financial irregularities in the 'Young Indian' company owned by the 'National Herald' newspaper.

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New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday questioned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in connection with a money laundering case related to the National Herald newspaper and asked him to appear again on Tuesday. Officials said that the questioning continued after 9 pm on Monday and it will end soon. Gandhi entered the federal agency's headquarters in central Delhi at around 11:10 am. After this, some brief legal proceedings were completed and their presence was recorded. He was questioned about 20 minutes after his entry.

Officials said that he was allowed by the ED to go for a mid-day meal at around 2.10 pm and he returned at around 3.30 pm. The investigation pertains to alleged financial irregularities in the Young Indian company owned by the National Herald newspaper. 'National Herald' is published by 'Associated Journals Limited' (AJL) and is owned by 'Young Indian Private Limited'.

Congress claim: Many leaders including Chidambaram were injured during the protest

Meanwhile, Congress on Monday claimed that several of its leaders, including former Home Minister P Chidambaram, were injured in a police scuffle during the party's protest march on the appearance of Rahul Gandhi before the Enforcement Directorate. The police have not yet reacted to this claim of the main opposition party. Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala released a video saying, "All day long Congress leaders were attacked with a lethality. Congress general secretary KC Venugopal was attacked with a deadly attack. MP Shakti Singh Gohil was attacked and Congress workers were beaten up."

Surjewala asked, is it a crime to protest?

He also claimed, “The Modi government has crossed every limit of barbarism. Former Home Minister P. Chidambaram was hit by police, spectacles were thrown on the ground, and he has a hairline fracture in his left rib. MP Pramod Tiwari was thrown on the road. Head injury and rib fracture. Surjewala asked, “Is this democracy? Is protesting a crime?" Chidambaram tweeted, "When three big and heavy policemen bump into you, you are lucky to have only 'hairline cracked'! Doctors have said that if the 'hairline is cracked', it will heal on its own in about 10 days."

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