A march by leaders of 18 Opposition parties to demand a probe into the Adani row was blocked by Delhi Police soon after it started from Parliament this afternoon.
The Opposition leaders were trying to march to the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) office in Delhi to press for an investigation into the Adani-Hindenburg issue and to highlight alleged misuse of central probe agencies by the ruling BJP for political goals.
Ahead of the march, Delhi Police had put up barricades and deployed a huge contingent to stop the protesting leaders from proceeding to the ED office.
“They have stopped us here. We are 200 people, and there are at least 2,000 police personnel. They want to suppress our voice. And then they talk about democracy,” Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge told the media after they were stopped by police.
“And if someone talks about these things in a debate, a seminar, they are called anti-national,” he added, referring to the row over party leader Rahul Gandhi’s remarks in London.
Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party, did not join the march today.
US short seller Hindenburg Research has alleged that the Adani group was “engaged in a brazen stock manipulation and accounting fraud”, and used offshore shell companies to inflate stock prices.