Robert Vadra appears before ED in money laundering case probe; businessman had skipped summons on Tuesday citing poor health
Robert Vadra has been questioned by the ED in this case for 23 hours over three days of deposition earlier this month. He has been asked by a Delhi court to cooperate in the probe being conducted by the central probe agency.
Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday appeared before the ED in a money laundering case probe
He reached the agency's office at Jamnagar House in central Delhi at about 10:30 am along with his lawyers
Vadra has been questioned by the ED in this case for 23 hours over three days of deposition earlier this month
New Delhi: Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case probe, officials said.
He reached the agency's office at Jamnagar House in central Delhi at about 10:30 AM along with his lawyers, they said.
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This is a scheduled appearance of Vadra before the investigating officer (IO) of the case in a criminal complaint, related to allegations of money laundering to purchase assets abroad. He had skipped the summons Tuesday, citing bad health.
Vadra has been questioned by the ED in this case for 23 hours over three days of deposition earlier this month. He has been asked by a Delhi court to cooperate in the probe being conducted by the central probe agency.
The ED case against Vadra relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property located at 12, Bryanston Square worth £1.9 million, which is allegedly owned by him.
The agency had told the court that it has received information about various new properties in London which belong to Vadra. These include two houses, one worth £5 million and the other valued at £4 million, six other flats and more properties.
Vadra has denied the allegations of possessing illegal foreign assets and termed them a political witch hunt against him. He said he was being "hounded and harassed" to subserve political ends.
Vadra's statement is being recorded under Section 50 (powers of authorities regarding summons, production of documents and to give evidence) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
His first appearance before the ED earlier this month acquired political overtones after his wife Priyanka Gandhi, recently appointed Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, accompanied him to the investigating agency's office on one day while she picked him up after questioning the next time.
Vadra had similarly deposed before the ED twice in Jaipur in another money-laundering case related to an alleged land scam in Bikaner.
The Enforcement Directorate had earlier this month undertaken a similar operation and frozen funds worth Rs 46.67 crore. These funds were stated by the agency to be belonging to certain merchant entities and held in payment gateways like Easebuzz, Razorpay, Cashfree and Paytm
Observing that any accused is entitled to an expeditious hearing of his bail plea, a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud asked the principal district and sessions judge of the Rouse Avenue court to take up the petition for hearing.
Menaka Gambhir had reached the Kolkata airport while going abroad for treatment when she was detained by officials from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and immigration department. Abhishek Banerjee's sister-in-law approached the Calcutta High Court after the incident and filed a contempt case