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‘Congress beneath siege’: Party leaders rush to AICC HQ amid heavy police presence

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'Congress under siege': Party leaders rush to AICC HQ amid heavy police presence

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate(ED) on Wednesday briefly sealed the workplace of Young Indian (YI) firm housed within the premises of Congress-owned newspaper National Herald right here as a part of an ongoing cash laundering investigation, official sources stated.

Shortly after the ED motion, the highway to AICC headquarters was blocked by the Delhi police with the Congress saying policemen had been deployed there and in addition across the residences of get together chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi close by as in the event that they had been “terrorists”, and claimed the get together was “under siege” by the Modi authorities.

But the police stated barricades had been erected and its personnel deputed to keep away from any untoward state of affairs. The barricades had been later eliminated.

Addressing a hurriedly convened press convention on the get together workplace, Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Ajay Maken and Abhishek Singhvi stated the Congress get together is not going to be intimidated by this sort of “cheap and petty politics” and can proceed to boost individuals’s points.

The seal within the workplace of YI was put with a purpose to “preserve the evidence” which couldn’t be collected as authorised representatives of the corporate weren’t current throughout the raids that had been launched on Tuesday, official sources stated.

ALSO READ | Money laundering probe: ED seals Young Indian Ltd. workplace in National Herald premises in Delhi

The remainder of the National Herald workplace on the highest flooring of the four-storey ‘Herald House’ constructing and different places of work are open to be used, the sources added.

The passport workplace can also be housed within the ‘Herald House’ situated at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.

A discover affixed beneath the signature of the ED investigating officer exterior the YI workplace area stated it can’t be opened “without prior permission” from the company.

Officials stated the ED staff had emailed the summons to the principal officer/in-charge of YI, who occurs to be senior Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, in search of their attendance to open the cabins for it to hold out raids however they haven’t acquired any response, to date.

The ED on Tuesday raided a dozen places, together with the National Herald newspaper and net portal workplace in Herald House as a part of its cash laundering probe within the National Herald-AJL-Young Indian deal.

The company sleuths left the premises within the wee hours of Wednesday after they collected some paperwork, digital information and questioned some staffers.

Kharge, the chief of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, had visited the ‘Herald House’ constructing on Tuesday night together with get together colleague Pawan Bansal however he left and the search couldn’t be performed, officers stated.

ALSO READ | ED raids National Herald workplace, different places in Delhi days after Sonia Gandhi’s questioning

As and when the authorised particular person (for YI) presents themselves for concluding the search, the seal might be eliminated, they added.

In his tweet, Ramesh shared a video exhibiting heavy police presence exterior the AICC headquarters at Akbar highway and the highway sealed for site visitors, alleging it was “vendetta politics”.

“Delhi Police blocking the road to AICC Headquarters has become a norm rather than an exception! Why have they just done so is mysterious,” Ramesh tweeted.

“The Congress is under siege. Delhi police has surrounded our HQs, and homes of INC President and ex-President. This is the worst form of vendetta politics. We will not submit! We will not be silenced! We will continue to raise our voice against injustices and failures of Modi Sarkar!,” he stated in one other tweet.

A senior Delhi police officer stated it had acquired inputs from its particular department that some protesters may collect on the AICC Office. “So, as a preventive measure, we have put barricades and deputed our personnel to avoid any untoward situation,” he added.

In a tweet in Hindi, the Congress stated, “The voice of truth will not be afraid of police guards. Gandhi’s followers will fight and win from this darkness. Sealing the office of the National Herald, bringing the Congress headquarters under police guards show both the “concern and frustration of the dictator”, the get together stated, including questions of inflation and unemployment will nonetheless be requested.

Congress leaders alleged the only real goal of this “siege mentality” of the “fearful” Modi regime is humiliation, insult and intimidation at one degree and diversion, digression and sensationalism at one other degree.

“Today you could have created a siege mentality, a local weather of concern. The total nation watches as investigative businesses are deployed mindlessly towards the management of India’s oldest political get together.

“You are treating this institution, this party, these leaders as terrorists. Is it not the worst form of petty politics and on the contrary you blame us,” Singhvi stated, alleging that platoons of cops have been deployed throughout the Congress places of work and residences of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.

He stated what’s being witnessed is an “an open ended investigation” on occasions that passed off over 10 years in the past.

“What we are seeing today is a siege mentality in the heart of the national capital,” he stated, including the world is watching this unlucky state of affairs in India, which is a proud democracy of the world.

“The only sole object of this exercise is humiliation, insult and intimidation at one level and diversion, digression and sensationalism at another level. They do not want the issues of price rise, unemployment and GST to be raised in the media,” Singhvi stated, including that concern is just not there within the dictionary of the Congress and its management.

Congress MPs additionally walked out from the Rajya Sabha in the direction of the tip of the day’s proceedings after the Chair didn’t allow Kharge to boost the difficulty of alleged barricading of residences of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi by the police.

While Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anurag Thakur was replying to a debate on the National Anti-Doping Bill, 2022, Kharge stood as much as say that the residences of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have been surrounded by Delhi Police.

However, Deputy Chairman Harivansh didn’t permit him to boost the difficulty. To this, Kharge stated: “If I do not speak in the House, where else I will speak?”.

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate(ED) on Wednesday briefly sealed the workplace of Young Indian (YI) firm housed within the premises of Congress-owned newspaper National Herald right here as a part of an ongoing cash laundering investigation, official sources stated.

Shortly after the ED motion, the highway to AICC headquarters was blocked by the Delhi police with the Congress saying policemen had been deployed there and in addition across the residences of get together chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi close by as in the event that they had been “terrorists”, and claimed the get together was “under siege” by the Modi authorities.

But the police stated barricades had been erected and its personnel deputed to keep away from any untoward state of affairs. The barricades had been later eliminated.

Addressing a hurriedly convened press convention on the get together workplace, Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Ajay Maken and Abhishek Singhvi stated the Congress get together is not going to be intimidated by this sort of “cheap and petty politics” and can proceed to boost individuals’s points.

The seal within the workplace of YI was put with a purpose to “preserve the evidence” which couldn’t be collected as authorised representatives of the corporate weren’t current throughout the raids that had been launched on Tuesday, official sources stated.

ALSO READ | Money laundering probe: ED seals Young Indian Ltd. workplace in National Herald premises in Delhi

The remainder of the National Herald workplace on the highest flooring of the four-storey ‘Herald House’ constructing and different places of work are open to be used, the sources added.

The passport workplace can also be housed within the ‘Herald House’ situated at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.

A discover affixed beneath the signature of the ED investigating officer exterior the YI workplace area stated it can’t be opened “without prior permission” from the company.

Officials stated the ED staff had emailed the summons to the principal officer/in-charge of YI, who occurs to be senior Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, in search of their attendance to open the cabins for it to hold out raids however they haven’t acquired any response, to date.

The ED on Tuesday raided a dozen places, together with the National Herald newspaper and net portal workplace in Herald House as a part of its cash laundering probe within the National Herald-AJL-Young Indian deal.

The company sleuths left the premises within the wee hours of Wednesday after they collected some paperwork, digital information and questioned some staffers.

Kharge, the chief of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, had visited the ‘Herald House’ constructing on Tuesday night together with get together colleague Pawan Bansal however he left and the search couldn’t be performed, officers stated.

ALSO READ | ED raids National Herald workplace, different places in Delhi days after Sonia Gandhi’s questioning

As and when the authorised particular person (for YI) presents themselves for concluding the search, the seal might be eliminated, they added.

In his tweet, Ramesh shared a video exhibiting heavy police presence exterior the AICC headquarters at Akbar highway and the highway sealed for site visitors, alleging it was “vendetta politics”.

“Delhi Police blocking the road to AICC Headquarters has become a norm rather than an exception! Why have they just done so is mysterious,” Ramesh tweeted.

“The Congress is under siege. Delhi police has surrounded our HQs, and homes of INC President and ex-President. This is the worst form of vendetta politics. We will not submit! We will not be silenced! We will continue to raise our voice against injustices and failures of Modi Sarkar!,” he stated in one other tweet.

A senior Delhi police officer stated it had acquired inputs from its particular department that some protesters may collect on the AICC Office. “So, as a preventive measure, we have put barricades and deputed our personnel to avoid any untoward situation,” he added.

In a tweet in Hindi, the Congress stated, “The voice of truth will not be afraid of police guards. Gandhi’s followers will fight and win from this darkness. Sealing the office of the National Herald, bringing the Congress headquarters under police guards show both the “concern and frustration of the dictator”, the get together stated, including questions of inflation and unemployment will nonetheless be requested.

Congress leaders alleged the only real goal of this “siege mentality” of the “fearful” Modi regime is humiliation, insult and intimidation at one degree and diversion, digression and sensationalism at one other degree.

“Today you could have created a siege mentality, a local weather of concern. The total nation watches as investigative businesses are deployed mindlessly towards the management of India’s oldest political get together.

“You are treating this institution, this party, these leaders as terrorists. Is it not the worst form of petty politics and on the contrary you blame us,” Singhvi stated, alleging that platoons of cops have been deployed throughout the Congress places of work and residences of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.

He stated what’s being witnessed is an “an open ended investigation” on occasions that passed off over 10 years in the past.

“What we are seeing today is a siege mentality in the heart of the national capital,” he stated, including the world is watching this unlucky state of affairs in India, which is a proud democracy of the world.

“The only sole object of this exercise is humiliation, insult and intimidation at one level and diversion, digression and sensationalism at another level. They do not want the issues of price rise, unemployment and GST to be raised in the media,” Singhvi stated, including that concern is just not there within the dictionary of the Congress and its management.

Congress MPs additionally walked out from the Rajya Sabha in the direction of the tip of the day’s proceedings after the Chair didn’t allow Kharge to boost the difficulty of alleged barricading of residences of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi by the police.

While Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anurag Thakur was replying to a debate on the National Anti-Doping Bill, 2022, Kharge stood as much as say that the residences of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have been surrounded by Delhi Police.

However, Deputy Chairman Harivansh didn’t permit him to boost the difficulty. To this, Kharge stated: “If I do not speak in the House, where else I will speak?”.