The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday (August 3) sealed the office of Young Indian Limited in the National Herald building in Delhi as part of an ongoing money laundering investigation.
ED had questioned Congress president Sonia Gandhi (in July) and her MP son Rahul Gandhi (in June) in this case at its headquarters in Delhi.
Soon after the Young India office was sealed, Delhi Police stepped up security outside the Congress headquarters. Security was also beefed up outside Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi's residences.
The ED has instructed that the premises not be opened without prior permission from the agency.
Why was the Young Indian office sealed? The ED said that the seal was put in order to "preserve the evidence". The agency said that they could not collect the evidence because authorised representatives of Young Indian were not present during the raids that were launched on Tuesday.
Congress says party 'under siege': The Congress on Wednesday alleged the party was "under siege" by the government. The party said that the government has surrounded its headquarters and the residences of party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
.@INCIndia is under siege. Delhi police has surrounded our HQs, and homes of INC President & 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!— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) August 3, 2022
What is the National Herald case? The probe is related to alleged financial irregularities in the Congress-promoted Young Indian company that owns the National Herald newspaper, published by the Associated Journals Limited (AJL).