Because the Enforcement Directorate questioned Sonia Gandhi for the third time, the Congress on Wednesday fielded veterans Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma — the 2 outstanding members of the G23 that has been crucial of the management’s type of functioning — to defend her. Azad made an emotional pitch saying the federal government mustn’t unnecessarily hassle an aged and unwell Sonia and argued political opponents shouldn’t be handled as “enemies”.
Sharma stated legal guidelines like PMLA are being weaponised to focus on and humiliate folks, which mustn’t occur.
The Congress continued its avenue protests and several other of its MPs, together with Chief of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Congress chief in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, had been as soon as once more detained by the police as they got here out of Parliament constructing in a procession, protesting in opposition to the questioning of Sonia. The Congress MPs led by Kharge additionally staged a protest on the Gandhi statue in Parliament.
Addressing a press convention on the AICC headquarters with Sharma and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Azad slammed the ED for summoning Sonia repeatedly when the company had already questioned her son Rahul Gandhi in the identical case for a number of hours over 5 days. Azad stated it was not proper on the a part of the company to bother a lady of her age.
“Throughout the olden days…even in wars, kings used to present instructions that girls shouldn’t be attacked and those that weren’t preserving nicely needs to be spared,” Azad stated, urging the companies to not be harsh on an aged and ailing Sonia. The ED questioned her for 3 hours Wednesday. She was given no contemporary summons indicating that her questioning had concluded.
Apparently, each Azad and Sharma avoided talking about specifics of the case.
“The problem is just not about summoning or questioning…India being a rule-based, rule-governed nation and a constitutional democracy, whereas respecting and implementing the legal guidelines, we should additionally respect the elemental rights, not solely of liberty, justice, but in addition the precise to repute and privateness,” Sharma stated.
Gehlot stated there may be “terror of the ED” within the nation.