Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday expressed her inability to explain the transactions involving the takeover of the assets of Associated Journals Limited, publisher of the National Herald and other Young Indian publications, where she and Rahul Gandhi hold a majority stake.

Sonia Gandhi, who was questioned for six hours by the investigative agency in connection with the money laundering case, said former party treasurer Motilal Vora was aware of the details of the transactions between Congress, AJL and Young Indian, ED sources told The Times of India.

Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who was also questioned by the ED in the National Herald case, handed responsibility for the entire Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) takeover deal to Motilal Vora, sources at the investigative agency said.

Other Congress officials, including Mallikarjun Kharge, Treasurer Pawan Kumar Bansal, had taken a similar stance when questioned by ED officials in the case.

Motilal Vora of Congress died in December 2020 and was also questioned by the ED in the National Herald case.

The Congress leader had arrived at the ED office around 11 a.m. with her Z+ armed security blanket, and accompanied by her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. While Priyanka Gandhi remained at the ED office, Rahul Gandhi left soon after.

During the second round of questioning during the recording of her statement, Sonia Gandhi was asked to answer about 30 questions regarding her involvement with the National Herald newspaper and Young Indian Pvt Ltd, the company under scanner in the case, officials said.

She was questioned for almost 2.5 hours at the emergency office in central Delhi starting at 11 a.m. which continued after a 90-minute lunch break before ending around 7 p.m. The Congress leader had reached the ED office in the morning with her Z+ armed security blanket, and was accompanied by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. She left the agency’s office in central Delhi just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday after recording her statement.

Law Enforcement Directorate officials said Sonia Gandhi had been asked to appear again on Wednesday.

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