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ED questions Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge at Herald House
He was seen leaving the building around 8.30 pm
The ED had sealed the first floor of the four-storey building of Herald House.

New Delhi. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday raided the office of Young Indian and questioned Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge for over seven hours as part of a money laundering probe related to the National Herald case. The officers provided this information. 80-year-old Kharge, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, reached Herald House building on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg near ITO at around 12.40 pm and met ED officials. The ED had issued summons against him as the probe agency wanted Kharge to be present as the company’s chief executive during the raids on the office of Young Indian. Kharge was seen leaving the building along with his personal staff members at around 8.30 pm.

The peak of the act of retaliation – Congress
Senior Congress leader Kharge while leaving said that he cannot make a statement as it is an investigation. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are also included in the promoters and big shareholders of Young Indian. Like her son, Congress President Sonia Gandhi also holds 38 per cent shares in the company. The one-room office of the Young Indian, located on the first floor of the four-storey Herald House building, was temporarily sealed by the federal agency to “protect the evidence”. The agency could not conduct searches for the last two days due to lock down and non-availability of authorized representative. Senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Jairam Ramesh said that the action against Kharge is nothing but harassment. He called it the peak of the Modi government’s act of political vendetta.

Earlier also raids in Herald House
The Office of the National Herald newspaper and web portal, which houses the staff of the editorial department and the administrative department, is located on the fourth floor of the Herald House. The National Herald newspaper is published by Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and Young Indian, the company that owns it. The office of the newspaper is registered in the name of AGL. Earlier on Tuesday, the ED had raided dozens of places, including the Herald House, in connection with the money laundering probe related to the National Herald-AGL-Young Indian deal.

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