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Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is being questioned by an Enforcement Directorate (ED) team. The Congress leader is being questioned in the National Herald case. The ED is said to have summoned Kharge on Monday. He reached the Enforcement Directorate office around 11 am and since then his investigation is going on.

The investigation into the National Herald case was initiated on the basis of a complaint lodged by Subramanian Swamy. He filed a petition in the court in 2012 alleging that Congress leaders had acquired Associated Journals Limited under the Young India Limited Company.

Subramanian Swamy had accused Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, late leader Motilal Vora, journalists Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda in the National Herald case. He alleged that it was wrongly acquired by Young India Limited and Congress leaders had amassed assets of up to Rs 2,000 crore.

The Enforcement Directorate is investigating the matter. Mallikarjun Kharge is being questioned in the case as he has been an officer of Young India and AGL.

What is National Herald?

The National Herald was a newspaper started in 1938. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru used it in the freedom struggle. The Associated Journal Company was publishing the National Herald newspaper. The company was founded in 1937 by the country’s first PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. This newspaper has been the mouthpiece of the Congress party. The newspaper had to be closed in 2008 due to a debt of Rs 90 crore.

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