New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday attached assets worth Rs 4.62 crores belonging to Robert Vadra’s company Skylight Hospitality LLP and others in connection with the Bikaner land scam case. “The attached assets include movable assets amounting to Rs 18,59,500 pertaining to four individuals and one immovable property situated at 268, Sukhdev Vihar in New Delhi to the extent of Rs 4,43,36,550 owned by Robert Vadra’s company Ms Sky Light Hospitality (P) Ltd (now LLP),” PTI quoted the agency as saying.
The development comes days after Robert Vadra, his mother Maureen and AICC general secretary and his wife Priyanka Gandhi appeared before Enforcement Directorate’s zonal office.
They reached the zonal office of ED at Bhawani Singh Road in a vehicle escorted by police and other security personnel. While Maureen and Priyanka Gandhi left the place after some time, Robert Vadra was permitted to go at around 1.30 PM. Several banners and hoardings of Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Vadra were put up near the ED office. The banners had slogans like “Kattar soch nahi yuva josh” and “Jan jan ki hai yehi pukar, Rahul ji-Priyanka ji abki baar’. PCC vice president Archana Sharma asserted, “The party has not put up any such hoardings.” Some of the Congress members present outside the ED office shouted: “chowkidar chor hai”.
That was Vadra’s first appearance before ED in Jaipur. Earlier on three occasions, Vadra appeared before ED in Delhi in connection with a money laundering probe against him for his alleged role in procuring assets abroad. The Rajasthan High Court had asked Vadra and his mother to cooperate with the agency after they approached it seeking directions that no coercive action is taken against them by the agency.
The ED had registered a criminal case in connection with the deal in 2015. The case was filed taking cognisance of a clutch of FIRs and chargesheets filed by Rajasthan police after the tehsildar of Bikaner complained about alleged forgery in the allotment of land in the area, considered sensitive due to its proximity to the Indo-Pak border.
It is understood that the agency wants to question Vadra about the operations of a firm Ms Skylight Hospitality Private Limited allegedly linked to him, which had purchased land in the area. It also wants to confront Vadra with the statements of those said to be linked to him.
(With Agency inputs)