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On a day the Rajya Sabha failed once again to transact business, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged the Enforcement Directorate’s director had once closed the National Herald probe but the government replaced the director and got it reopened.
Azad said the ED had sent a notice to the trustees of the “non-profit making” body. “The ED, however, later saw reason,” and its director decided to close the matter in August this year, he said. He said the case was opened on the directions of the government and Subramanian Swamy, who has filed the petition in court.
Congress MPs kept protesting against the alleged “vendetta politics” of the government. For the government, MoS for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi accused the Congress of “hijacking” Parliament and holding development to ransom. The Congress got support from the Trinamool Congress, with Derek O’Brien counterattacking Naqvi: “Sir, the minister should stop lecturing us on what we think is important. This is not a family issue, but this is an issue of principles.”
Naqvi had said the government was open to discussing the issue of alleged political vendetta and accused the Congress of trying to question the wisdom of the courts. Azad responded, “The court is not at fault but the government is. The government removed the enforcement director who closed the National Herald case and brought in another appointee to reopen it… This is why we have raised this issue here.”