New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday extended the interim protection from arrest of Robert Vadra’s closest aide Manoj Arora in a money laundering case till February 16.

A confidante of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, Arora is a co-accused in an alleged money laundering case pertaining to a London-based property purchased by Vadra himself.

The case relates to ownership of 1.9 million pounds undisclosed assets abroad, allegedly belonging to Vadra, husband of Priyanka Gandhi,  General Secretary of the Congress for Uttar Pradesh East.

On December 7 last year, as part of the investigation against Vadra, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) also raided several premises in Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru. According to reports, the ED counsel told the court that the London property was part of kickbacks received in a petroleum deal.

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Anticipating arrest, Robert Vadra had moved anticipatory bail in Delhi court for the same money embezzlement case on Saturday, which was granted duly. Vadra too cannot be arrested till February 16.

While Arora has been granted protection, Vadra is expected to appear before the ED today, on orders of Special Judge Arvind Kumar, who directed him to join the ED investigation on February 6.

The ED registered a money laundering case against Manoj Arora after his role surfaced during a probe by the Income Tax Department into another case under the new Black Money Act and tax law against absconding arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.

Reportedly, the London property was bought by Bhandari and sold in 2010 for the same amount despite incurring additional expenses on its renovation.