Indian opposition leader questioned in money laundering probe

Indian opposition leader questioned in money laundering probe

Indian opposition leader questioned in money laundering probe

Indian opposition leader questioned in money laundering probe (credits:google)

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  • Indian money laundering investigators question opposition leader Rahul Gandhi.
  • The inquiry is tied to a nine-year-old accusation by a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party.
  • Gandhi and his mother were accused of constructing a shell corporation and taking ownership of $300 million in property.
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On Monday, Indian money laundering investigators questioned opposition leader Rahul Gandhi outside the financial crime-fighting agency’s office in the capital, New Delhi, as his supporters fought with police.

The Enforcement Directorate’s inquiry is tied to a nine-year-old accusation against Gandhi and his mother, Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, by a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The Gandhis and the Congress Party, according to a spokeswoman for the opposition Congress Party, did nothing illegal and that the probe was politically motivated.

The Congress’s spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, told reporters, “We will fight undeterred, we will fight fearlessly.”

“Every inquiry will be answered.”

The Enforcement Directorate of the Finance Ministry, which probes money laundering and infractions of foreign exchange legislation, did not respond to requests for comment.

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As Gandhi, along with Congress leaders and party workers, sought to march to the directorate’s offices for questioning, police barricaded some portions of New Delhi.

Another Congress source said Gandhi was interrogated for approximately three hours, and that police had detained dozens of party supporters outside.

Subramanian Swamy, the BJP lawmaker who filed the charge, accused the Gandhis of constructing a shell corporation and fraudulently taking ownership of $300 million in property.

The assets belonged to a company that published the National Herald newspaper, which was created in 1937 by Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister and Rahul Gandhi’s grandfather.

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