There is no evidence that all the decisions of National Herald were taken by Motilal Vora, claim ED sources

Sources close to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have said that none of the Congress leaders (including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi) called for questioning have produced any documents to prove that Associated Journal Limited (AJL) and Young India Pvt. All financial transactions were. Administered by late Motilal Vora. Motilal Vora was the longest serving Treasurer
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There is no evidence that all the decisions of National Herald were taken by Motilal Vora, claim ED sources


Sources close to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have said that none of the Congress leaders (including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi) called for questioning have produced any documents to prove that Associated Journal Limited (AJL) and Young India Pvt. All financial transactions were. Administered by late Motilal Vora.

Motilal Vora was the longest serving Treasurer of the Congress Party. He passed away in the year 2020. In fact, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi had said during the ED’s questioning in the money laundering case related to the National Herald case that all financial transactions related to AJL and Young India Limited were witnessed by Motilal Vora.

ED sources say that when Rahul Gandhi was questioned about the financial aspects, he told officials that all transactions were done by Vora. Apart from Rahul and Sonia, Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Pawan Kumar Bansal also took the same name before the ED, but all these leaders failed to produce documents related to the meeting, if any such meeting took place.
Sources also said that the ED had no option but to summon Kharge when Parliament was in session as he is the only employee of Young India. The ED has temporarily sealed the office of Young India located in the premises of Congress-owned newspaper National Herald in Delhi as part of a money laundering probe.

What is the Young India-AJL deal?

BJP leader and advocate Subramanian Swamy filed a complaint before the trial court in 2012 alleging that some Congress leaders were involved in fraud in the acquisition of Associated Journals Limited by Young India Limited (YIL).

National Herald was a newspaper founded by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1938 along with other freedom fighters. The newspaper was published by Associated Journals Limited (AJL). In 2008, AJL raised Rs. Closed with a debt of over 90 crores. Subramaniam Swamy claims that YIL “maliciously” “acquired” the assets of defunct print media outlets to gain assets and profits of over Rs 2,000 crore.

Motilal Vora was the treasurer of AICC at that time and was actively involved in AJL affairs. He also co-signed an agreement announcing the closure of the AJL group’s National Herald newspaper in January 2008.