Robert Vadra Visits ED Office For Round 12 Questioning

Robert Vadra reached the Enforcement Directorate office on Thursday morning for yet another round of interrogation in a money laundering case. Before heading to the ED office, Vadra put out a Facebook post reaffirming his faith in the judiciary and claiming innocence.

“Till date, I have deposed 11 times with questioning of approximately 70 hours. In the future also, I will cooperate as always, till my name is cleared of all false allegations and accusations,” Robert Vadra said in a Facebook post uploaded sometime before he left home.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who has lately been accompanying Robert Vadra to the ED office to send a message to the government that she had her husband’s back, dropped him off today also.

In the past, Vadra has described corruption cases filed against him as political vendetta, insisting that the ruling BJP-led national coalition often used the cases against him to divert attention from inconvenient issues and controversies. His lawyers say that if the central probe agency could not find any evidence against him after 70 hours of grilling, it means that they really don’t have a case.

During his election campaign, PM Modi often alluded to cases against Vadra and others promising to send them to jail in his second term.

Robert Vadra’s 12th round of questioning started hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sworn-in for his second innings.

The ED has already asked the high court to cancel the anticipatory bail granted to him by a subordinate court so that it can arrest and question him in the case pertaining to alleged money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property worth 1.9 million pounds.

“From the investigation conducted so far, it is revealed that he is involved in the commission of the offence of cross border and domestic money laundering. He is the beneficial owner of various properties under the investigation in the case, which have been acquired through the proceeds of crime,” the agency said in its petition.

The high court will take up this request in a fortnight or so.

An application by Robert Vadra to seek permission to travel to London for medical reasons is also pending before a Delhi court.

Robert Vadra Appeares Before ED Over London Property Case

The Indian businessman and brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday in a money laundering case. 

He reached the agency’s office at Jamnagar House in central Delhi at about 10:30 am along with his lawyers, they said.

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 on 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 GBP (British pounds), 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 GBP and the other valued at 4 million GBP, 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 an another money-laundering case related to an alleged land scam in Bikaner.