New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday raided the premises of three close aides of Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, in connection with alleged commissions received by suspects in defence deals and assets held abroad, stated officials. The raids were conducted in the National Capital region and Bengaluru city.

An ED official said, “The searches at the premises of the three people linked to firms of Vadra were related to alleged commissions received by some suspects in defence deals.” Vadra’s lawyer Suman Jyoti Khaitan claimed that the ED officials raided three of Vadra’s companies without even showing search warrants. He was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “They have locked our people of Skylight hospitality inside, and they are not allowing anyone to go inside. Is this Nazism? Is this a jail?” He added, “It has been 4.5 years and they found nothing, so now they are locking us outside and planting and fabricating evidence.”

Robert Vadra on Wednesday claimed that a political witch hunt is against him to tarnish his image. His reaction came days after the Enforcement Directorate had summoned him in connection with a money-laundering probe in a land scam case. Taking it to the social media Facebook, Vadra wrote, “The political witch-hunt carries on unceasingly with government departments clearly operating on an agenda to besmirch my dignity and reputation.”

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had summoned Vadra in connection with its money laundering probe in a land scam case in Rajasthan’s border city of Bikaner, officials stated earlier.

(With Agency inputs)