Politically motivated move: Sachin Pilot on probe against Rahul

Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government on Wednesday over Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe against Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case, Congress leader Sachin Pilot alleged that the Congress leadership is being ‘targetted’ for being vocal against the BJP.

He further termed the ED investigation a ‘politically motivated’ move.

“Those in power are targeting the dissidents. It is clearly a politically motivated move. It is not just about Mrs Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi, but the entire Opposition. The Congress leadership is being targeted because they have been vocal against BJP,” Sachin Pilot told ANI.

“They come and attack through the agencies– the Income Tax, CBI, ED. It is common knowledge that they have become tools of the party in power,” he added.

The said allegations by Mr Pilot on BJP came when the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi joined the ED probe for investigations in the National Herald case, for the fifth day today when he was questioned for around 12 hours.

Rahul Gandhi was questioned by the ED for over 40 hours on three straight days from June 13 to June 15 and on Monday (June 20).

He was deposed before the ED investigators in the case for the first time on June 13.

He first sought exemption from appearance on June 16, following which he was called on June 17.

But the senior Congress leader wrote to the ED to postpone his questioning citing the illness of his mother Sonia Gandhi.

The ED then allowed him to join the probe on June 20 at his request.