Sonia Gandhi hospitalized for complications related to Covid

Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi was admitted to Delhi’s Ganga Ram Hospital on Sunday with complications from Covid-19, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

Her condition is stable, but she will remain under observation by doctors at the hospital.

The doctors treated her for a nasal bleed, The Indian Express reported. Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi accompanied their mother to the hospital.

The acting president of Congress had tested positive for the coronavirus on June 2. Gandhi, 75, had developed a mild fever and other coronavirus-related symptoms a day before that. She immediately isolated herself.

On June 1, the Law Enforcement Directorate had summoned Sonia Gandhi and her son, MP Wayanad Rahul Gandhi, to appear before the central agency on June 8 for questioning in a money laundering case.

The congressional leader asked for more time to appear before the agency, saying she was recovering from Covid-19. On Saturday, the Enforcement Department sent a new summons to Sonia Gandhi and asked her to appear before it on June 23.

The case

The national herald is published by Associated Journals Limited and owned by Young Indian Private Limited. It was founded and edited by Jawaharlal Nehru before he became the first Prime Minister of India.

In April 2008, the newspaper suspended its operations as it had incurred debt of over Rs 90 crore. Subramanian Swamy, MP for the Bharatiya Janata Party, accused Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi of setting up Young Indian Private Limited to buy back the debt using Congress funds.

In his complaint to a trial court, Swamy accused the Gandhis and others of conspiring to cheat and embezzle funds. He alleged that the Young Indian company paid only Rs 50 lakh for the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which the Associate Journals Limited owed Congress.

The party had loaned the amount to Associated Journals Limited without interest, according to court records. Congress asserted that there was no exchange of money and only debt-to-equity conversion took place to pay dues like wages.

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