New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday lashed out at the Congress for attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi government over Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids against people linked to the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, alleging it shows he is a only a conduit and “final track probably leads to the family”. Also Read - Jharkhand BJP Leader Shot Dead at a Market by Unidentified Assailants
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the Congress used to call Vadra a private citizen after his name cropped up in corruption cases but now the whole party stands behind him. “It implies that he is only a conduit and the final track probably leads to the family,” he said, targeting the Gandhi family. Also Read - PM Modi Meets President Kovind, Briefs Him on Issues of 'National And International' Importance
He also defended investigation agency raids, claiming that independent institutions are working in tandem with the Constitution under the Modi government and that law is taking its own course. Also Read - TMC MP Likens Nirmala Sitharaman to 'Kal Nagini', Says People Dying Due to 'Worst FM'
“The Congress feels corruption was its birthright and it had some kind of immunity from the law of the land just because they belonged to ‘first family’… Under the Modi government, those who are corrupt are being investigated and this has sent a sense of insecurity in the Congress quarters,” he said while referring to Vadra as the ‘fountainhead of corruption’.
Earlier in the day, the Congress hit out at the government over the ED raids against Vadra’s associates, alleging that the Modi dispensation was using ‘high-handed tactics’ to threaten people as it was in a ‘state of panic of the highest degree’ sensing poll defeats.
Meanwhile, the searches by the ED against three persons linked to Vadra continued on Saturday with official sources saying the action is being undertaken by the agency on the basis of two criminal FIRs filed by it in the past. At least four persons on the second day of the raids, they said.
The central probe agency issued a statement late evening but it did not identify the case or the accused.
“Directorate of Enforcement is conducting PMLA investigations in certain cases relating to ownership of undisclosed assets abroad. “As part of these investigations, the Directorate has carried out search operations on December 7 under PMLA at a number of premises in Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru by issue of search warrants under section 17 of PMLA,” it said.
It added that these searches “have been carried out as per the prescribed procedure and documents and digital evidence seized during these searches are being examined.” “Further investigations are in progress,” it said.
(Inputs from PTI)