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YIL office sealed; additional police deployed outside Cong HQ, Sonia Gandhi home

ED sources said that senior Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge was called by them as he was the principal official in YIL, but their request fell on deaf ears

Wednesday August 3, 2022 8:10 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

National Herald Case

[Senior Congress leaders are holding meeting to discuss the latest development in the National Herald case.]

New Delhi: In the latest development in connection with the National Herald matter the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Wednesday sealed the office of Young Indian Private Limited (YIL), situated on the fourth floor of the National Herald building here.

ED sources said that senior Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge was called by them as he was the principal official in YIL, but their request fell on deaf ears.

Kharge asked to provide YIL official

The ED sources said that they had asked Kharge to provide an official of YIL so that they could go on with the search proceedings.

But after hearing this Kharge left the National Herald office and didn't provide them with any official.

 


"We wanted to make the seizure memo in front of that official of YIL. As we weren't provided anyone we had to seal it to keep the proofs intact," the source said.

The ED has said that if Kharge will provide them an official of YIL who will assist them in the search, they will open the sealed office.

YIL office sealed

Earlier in the day, the ED sealed the office of YIL situated in the building of Herald House at Bahadurshah Zafar Marg.

The ED pasted an order on the building of the Herald House.

"This is hereby declared that this premises not be opened without prior permission from the Directorate of Enforcement," read the order.

ED search operation

The sources had said that they did this so that the evidence was not tampered with.

"We had called Herald officials to assist us but senior persons were not cooperating and were not coming forward to assist in the search. We were left with no other option but to seal the office," the official said.

On Tuesday, the ED had conducted a search operation at the Herald office. It was a day long search which begun in the morning and went on till late night.

Recently the ED questioned Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi for several days.

The ED has not released any official statement in this regard.

Cops depolyed at Cong HQ, Sonia home

Additional police personnel have been deployed outside the Congress headquarters at 24 Akbar Road, and the residence of interim party President Sonia Gandhi at 10 Janpath, here on Wednesday evening.

The police personnel could be seen manning the road leading to the party headquarters.

The presence of additional police force at the Congress headquarters could be a precautionary measure following the sealing of the Young India office.

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh took a jibe at the additional force deployment, saying:

"Delhi Police blocking the road leading to AICC Headquarters has become a norm rather than an exception! Why have they just done so is mysterious."

Meanwhile, senior Congress leaders have started to arrive at the party headquarters.

 

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