Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday said that even though the Parliament session is underway, the Enforcement Directorate has asked him to appear before it at 12.30 pm in a money-laundering case related to the National Herald newspaper.
“I want to follow the law,” Kharge told the members of the Upper House. “But is it appropriate to summon me at this time, in the middle of the Parliament session?”
He also raised concerns about the police surrounding the homes of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and the party headquarters on Wednesday as the Enforcement Directorate sealed the premises of Young Indian Private Limited – a firm linked to the Gandhi family that had acquired Associated Journals Limited, the publisher of the National Herald.
“Will democracy survive in such a situation?” Kharge asked on Thursday. “Will we be able to work as per the Constitution? The government is trying to demoralise, intimidate and finish us [the Congress]. We will not be afraid. We will fight this.”
He urged the Rajya Sabha to discuss the alleged misuse of law enforcement agencies and autonomous bodies.
Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, was summoned by the ED when Parliament is in session. He, of course, left…