India’s Sonia Gandhi appears for questioning in money laundering case
Indian investigators on Thursday summoned Sonia Gandhi, president of the opposition Congress party, for questioning on money laundering accusations that her allies have blamed on an abuse of government power.
The 75-year-old has been a driving influence in her once-dominant party since the 1991 assassination of her husband, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, and heir to a political dynasty that stretches back to the country’s independence from Britain.
For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.
Authorities are probing a decade-old complaint filed by a lawmaker from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who accused her family of misusing Congress funds to buy a now-defunct newspaper business and personally acquire its highly valuable property portfolio.
The Gandhi family has denied the allegations and Congress has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party of misusing its power.
“Our nation’s institutional agencies cannot be pawns in BJP’s vendetta politics. The misuse of (the Enforcement Directorate) to attack opposition needs to stop,” Congress tweeted on Thursday.
Gandhi was initially summoned last month by the Enforcement Directorate, which probes financial crimes in India, but her questioning was delayed after she was hospitalized with a coronavirus infection.
Her son Rahul, who leads the party in parliament, was questioned for several days in June over the same allegations.
On Thursday, Sonia was accompanied by Rahul and her daughter Priyanka as she travelled to the Enforcement Directorate’s office for questioning, arriving at around 1 pm local time, according to local media.
Leaders of several opposition parties issued a joint statement Thursday condemning the investigation.
Modi’s government had “unleashed a relentless campaign against its opponents and critics through the mischievous misuse of investigative agencies,” the letter read.
“Prominent leaders of a number of political parties have been deliberately targeted and subjected to harassment in an unprecedented manner,” its signatories wrote.
Read more: India opposition leader Sonia Gandhi hospitalized with COVID-related health issues
India opposition leader Sonia Gandhi hospitalized with COVID-related health issuesThe leader of India’s main opposition party, Sonia Gandhi, has been admitted to hospital in New Delhi with health issues related to COVID-19, her ... Coronavirus
India’s supreme court frees convict in former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination caseIndia’s top court on Wednesday ordered the release of a man jailed over the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, more than 30 years ... World News
Twitter unblocks accounts of India’s Rahul Gandhi, other opposition leadersTwitter unblocked the accounts of India’s main opposition party Congress, its leader Rahul Gandhi and other party officials on Saturday, days after ... World News
Sonia Gandhi returns to lead India’s beleaguered Congress after son Rahul quitsIndia’s opposition Congress party selected past president Sonia Gandhi as its interim leader on Saturday, while it searches for a successor to ... World News
India’s Rahul Gandhi calls for change as he quits as Congress leaderRahul Gandhi, leader of India’s opposition Congress party, said on Wednesday he had asked party bosses to find a successor after he took ... World News
India’s opposition congress backs Gandhi after poll defeatIndian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, offered to resign Saturday after his Congress party was trounced in a second ... World News
Priyanka Gandhi’s upcoming book drives rumors of her plunge in Indian politicsOne of India’s most beloved yet mysterious personalities – Priyanka Gandhi – is writing a book which might prove to be a political ... Features