ED Raid: The Congress has several times raised the issue of Enforcement Directorate (ED) action against opposition leaders and deployment of police personnel in large numbers outside the residences of its top leaders, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. now take it The Indian Express Off-court records have also come to the fore. According to these records, the number of prominent politicians booked, arrested, raided or questioned by the ED in the last 18 years is 147, of which 85 percent are the names of opposition leaders.
The same pattern has emerged in the ED cases as well as in the case book of the CBI. In fact, a similar report in The Indian Express on Tuesday revealed that over 200 politicians against whom the CBI has booked, arrested, raided or questioned the Congress and BJP governments in the last 18 years. That is, more than 80 percent of them were from the opposition. This time similar figures have been revealed in the case of ED also.
Opposition in grip of ED
The ED’s casebook has also seen a sharp increase in the number of opposition politicians and their close relatives. These leaders have come under its ambit since the NDA government came to power in 2014. The investigation reveals that 121 prominent politicians have been under it. During this, the agency raided, questioned or arrested 115 opposition leaders. Of these, 95 percent are opposition leaders.
Look at the statistics of the UPA regime
The NDA figures are completely different from the agency’s casebook under the UPA regime (2004 to 2014). Only 26 political leaders were investigated by the agency during the UPA regime. These included 14 (54 percent) leaders of the opposition. The rise in ED cases is mainly attributed to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. A law that has been strengthened since it came into force in 2005. Along with stringent bail conditions, its provisions now allow the agency to make arrests as well.
ED issue raised in Parliament
The opposition has raised the issue of ED several times in Parliament. Opposition leaders allege that they are being unfairly targeted by the agency during the recent monsoon session. It is an allegation that the government and the ED have strongly denied with agency officials saying that its action is apolitical and stems from cases previously registered by other agencies or state police.
Leader of Opposition in ED’s trap
There have been many opposition leaders in the ED’s trap since 2014. In this Congress (24), TMC (19), NCP (11), Shiv Sena (8), DMK (6), BJD (6), RJD (5), BSP (5), SP (5), TDP (5) , AAP (3), INLD (3), YSRCP (3), CPM (2), NC (2), PDP (2), IND (2), AIADMK (1), MNS (1), SBSP (1) And was the leader of TRS (1).
Hemant Biswa Sarma case
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was investigated by the CBI and the ED in the Saradha chit fund scam in 2014 and 2015, when he was part of the Congress. The CBI raided his house and office in 2014 and even questioned him. However, no action has been taken in this matter since he joined BJP.
Similarly, the then TMC leaders Suvendu Adhikari and Mukul Roy were kept under investigation by the CBI and the ED in the Narada sting operation case. Both had joined the BJP ahead of the West Bengal elections last year and there was no progress in the cases against them.
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