Congress president Sonia Gandhi appeared for questioning on Thursday after ED issued the third summons in a money laundering case. Several Congress leaders like Ashok Gehlot, Shashi Tharoor, Sachin Pilot, Ajay Maken and P Chidambaram were detained by the Delhi Police for protesting against the summons issued by Enforcement Directorate.
In the same backdrop, a video of Sonia Gandhi is viral on social media. In the viral video, Sonia Gandhi can be heard saying, "I am the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi. I am not afraid of anyone." While sharing this video, people on social media claimed that Sonia Gandhi had given this statement in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office on the inquiry related to the National Herald money laundering case.
Zee News Hindi published the article while making the same claim. Zee News also shared this video on Twitter claiming that Sonia Gandhi made this remark before the ED. However, they later deleted the tweet.
Many Congress leaders also shared this video. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee Jagdish Thakor shared this video and wrote, "तानाशाह इनसे डरता है, इसीलिए जांच एजेंसियों का दुरूपयोग करता है #सत्य_साहस_सोनिया_गाँधी."
[English Translation: The dictator is afraid of them, that's why he misuses the investigative agencies. #Truth_Courage_Sonia Gandhi.]
Sachin Sawant shared this video and wrote, "मोदी सरकार यह कान खोलकर सुनें-- "मैं इंदिरा जी की बहू हूं और किसी से नहीं डरती "- कांग्रेस अध्यक्षा सोनिया गांधी."
[Engslish Translation: Modi Sarkar listen to this,"I am Indira ji's daughter-in-law and am not afraid of anyone" - Congress President Sonia Gandhi.]
It is being widely shared on Facebook and Twitter with a similar claim.
Viral video shows Sonia Gandhi gave statement "I am the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi. I am not afraid of anyone" in Enforcement Directorate (ED) office on the inquiry related to the National Herald money laundering case.
The Logical Indian fact check team verified the viral claim and found it to be misleading. The viral video is from 2015.
During the initial investigation, we used InVid's Keyframe analysis tool to isolate the keyframes of the video. We conducted a reverse image search on one of the isolated keyframes which led us to video report of The Indian Express dated 08 December 2015 in which same footage can be seen. The title of the report reads, "Not Scared Of Anyone, I Am Indira Gandhi's Daughter-In-Law: Sonia Gandhi."
On searching more we also found a report of NDTV dated 08 December 2015 on this matter. According to the report, the matter was related to National Herald money laundering case which is based on Mr Subramanian Swamy allegation that Congress leaders gave ₹ 90 crore as loan from tax exempted money to the National Herald newspaper set up in 1938 by Jawaharlal Nehru. A Delhi court had summoned Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in this case. Sonia and Rahul appealed to the Delhi High Court to quash the summons. However, the appeal was dismissed. When journalists questioned Sonia Gandhi in the Parliament House about this, she said that she is the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi and is not afraid of anyone.
It is evident from our investigation that the viral statement given by Sonia Gandhi is not from recent time but from December 2015 when a journalist asked her questions related to allegation of Money Laundering. This video has nothing to do with the recent summon sent by ED to Sonia Gandhi. Hence, the viral claim is misleading.
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