New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi went for questioning at the Enforcement Directorate for a second day on Tuesday. Congress leaders again tried to march to the ED and were detained in a repeat of the events of Monday.
Central Delhi continued to be cordoned with barricades blocking several routes, including the Akbar Road where the Congress headquarter is situated.
Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi arrived at the Congress office on Tuesday morning, and joined party leaders briefly before starting for the ED office.
When Congress leaders tried to march to the ED, they were stopped and detained by the police, in a repeat of events of Monday.
Some leaders also sustained injuries on Monday, including Former union minister P Chidambaram who got a hairline fracture in his ribs, and MP Pramod Tiwari also had a fractured rib and got an injury in his head. Party leader KC Venugpopal and Shaktisinh Gohil were also manhandled.
On Tuesday again, Congress leaders were forced into buses and detained.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot slammed the police for stopping the Congress leaders from holding a peaceful , and said, “Law is the same for everyone but questioning someone till 12 midnight is wrong. Which crime or money laundering has taken place? Where there is loot of trillions, they do not inquire,” “.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel shared a video of party General Secretary KC Venugopal being manhandled and said, “we will remember everything”.
He also said he and party General Secretary Mukul Wasnik were stopped by police when they were going to meet detained party leaders.
Rajasthan Congress Chief Govind Singh Dotasra meanwhile said he was stopped from entering Delhi.
Rahul Gandhi was questioned by the ED for around 10 hours on Monday. He left the ED office around 11 pm.
On Tuesday, the Congress leader was again questioned for hours. Rahul Gandhi went out around 3.30 pm for the lunch break, and returned to ED office for questioning.
Rahul Gandhi was summoned in the National Herald case. As per the complaint filed in the court of the Metropolitan Magistrate, Associated Journals Limited (AJL) took an interest-free loan of Rs. 90.25 crore from Indian National Congress, which was not paid back.
Congress has maintained there is no money laundering involved, and has called the summon a politically motivated move.