National Herald Case: Kharge grilled by ED for about 8 hours; Congress calls it ‘nothing but harassment’
New Delhi, August 04: Senior Congressman and opposition leader to Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge was questioned for about eight hours by the Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate in the nation’s capital in connection with the money laundering case of money involving the National Herald newspaper. He was summoned by the ED around 12:40 p.m. during the parliamentary session.
Kharge left the Herald House building around 8:30 p.m.
Sharing the tweet, where Kharge was seen leaving the building, Ramesh said, “This is nothing but harassment.”
Earlier, Ramesh said Kharge had been questioned by ED for the past six and a half hours and called him “regretful”.
“It’s been 6.5 hours and our main leader and LoP Mallikarjun Kharge, who was summoned by ED in the middle of the (Parliament) session, is still with ED. It’s unfortunate; he was supposed to organize a 7:30 p.m. dinner for Opposition vice-presidential candidate Margaret Alva,” Ramesh told ANI news agency.
Earlier in the day, Kharge informed the Rajya Sabha that this was an attempt to intimidate them and they would not be intimidated.
Summoned in the middle of the parliamentary session: Mallikarjun Kharge denounces the action of the ED
“This House is functioning and I am the leader of the opposition parties. But at the moment I have received a summons from the ED to appear before it when a session of Parliament is in progress. At this moment when the Parliament works, is it just the part of Ed to summon me?” he asked amid cries of “shame, shame” from the opposition benches.
Noting that he is a law-abiding citizen and must leave for the ED office at 12:30 p.m., Kharge said, “I don’t want to circumvent the law and I want to follow the law.”
He also said the residences of Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi were raided by police.
“If we continue like this, will our democracy stay alive? Are we going to function according to our Constitution? This is done on purpose to demoralize us, destroy us and intimidate us. But we will not be afraid or intimidated and we we will fight,” the Congress leader said, demanding there be a discussion of the issue in the House.