Blowing up Gandhis in National Herald Case, ED permanently attaches properties worth Rs 64 crore

Waking ahead in the series of heavy puffs attained by the Gandhi family, here is an another interesting addition made to it with the ED attaching properties worth Rs. 64 crores permanently in the National herald Case.

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“The Enforcement Directorate will soon take possession of land worth Rs 64.93 crore in Panchkula, which was allotted to the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) by the Haryana government in 2005, after a quasi-judicial authority recently approved its order”, the agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

With this approval, the ED is empowered to take possession of the land and erect its authority signage over the plot that disallows any trespass or activity by anybody over the asset. However, the plot can be finally transferred to the government exchequer once the trial in the case concludes in favour of the agency.

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The Central probe agency had issued a provisional attachment order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on 1 December last year for attaching the plot. “Since the value of plot fraudulently allotted to AJL has represented proceeds of crime, the ED has attached plot under the PMLA act,” the ED added ahead.

That same day, the CBI filed a charge sheet against former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and others for allegedly using fraudulent means to allot land to AJL. The AJL is reportedly controlled by senior Congress leaders, including members of the Gandhi family. The group runs the National Herald newspaper.

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The case pertains to the plot allotted to AJL in Panchkula in 1982 for the publication of Hindi newspaper ‘Nav Jivan’ on which no construction took place till 1992. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) then took back possession of the plot.

The ED had filed a PMLA complaint in this case in 2016 based on a CBI FIR, which had taken over investigations in this case at the request of the BJP government of Haryana, and the criminal FIRs filed by the Haryana vigilance bureau.


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