The Congress alleged on Wednesday that the money-laundering legislation has been weaponised to focus on and humiliate folks, and urged the Supreme Court docket to determine quickly on the matter regarding the Nationwide Herald-Related Journals Restricted case.
The assertion got here on a day when Congress president Sonia Gandhi (75) appeared earlier than the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the third day to face questioning in reference to a money-laundering case pertaining to the Nationwide Herald newspaper.
The Congress additionally fielded its senior chief Ghulam Nabi Azad in solidarity with Sonia Gandhi and mentioned political opponents shouldn’t be handled as “enemies”.
Mr Azad, a distinguished member of the “Group of 23 (G-23)” that has been vital of the Congress management, mentioned the ED ought to take into account the age and well being of Sonia Gandhi earlier than subjecting her to repeated questioning within the case, through which celebration chief Rahul Gandhi has already been questioned for over 50 hours.
He mentioned the Congress chief is aged, has not been properly and was admitted to a hospital, including that she can not withhold the stress of probe companies.
“Even in wars, kings used to offer instructions that girls shouldn’t be attacked and people not holding properly needs to be spared,” Mr Azad mentioned, urging the companies to not be harsh on an aged and ailing Sonia Gandhi.
“I’d urge the federal government and the ED to maintain this in thoughts as subjecting Sonia Gandhi to companies like this isn’t proper,” he added.
One other senior member of the G-23 grouping and a former Union minister, Anand Sharma, mentioned weaponisation of legal guidelines and their use to focus on and humiliate folks shouldn’t occur.
He mentioned the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA) has raised many issues and alleged that the legislation has been weaponised.
Mr Sharma hoped that the Supreme Court docket will come out with an knowledgeable judgment on this regard.
Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior Congress chief Ashok Gehlot urged the Supreme Court docket to quickly pronounce a verdict within the Nationwide Herald case through which the Gandhis are being questioned.
“Sonia ji has been referred to as (by the ED) for the third time. There’s terror of the ED within the nation and this case is earlier than the Supreme Court docket. It needs to be determined quickly,” he informed reporters.
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