New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday approached the Delhi High Court seeking to set aside a trial court order that had granted anticipatory bail to Robert Vadra, businessman and husband of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in a money laundering case. Also Read - Money Laundering Case: Cox and Kings Promoter Peter Kerkar Remanded to ED Custody Till Dec 3
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The agency, through its plea, has pushed for custodial interrogation of Robert Vadra. The ED claimed that Vadra has been evasive during the investigation. Also Read - Will Night Curfew be Imposed in Delhi Again? Here’s What Kejriwal Govt Plans
“…In all likelihood, the respondent (Robert Vadra) is likely to tamper with the evidence and the witness in the case. The special judge has failed to appreciate that the respondent is a highly influential person. If he is granted blanket protection of bail, there is all likelihood that the respondent shall tamper with the evidence…and the petitioner is still investigating into the said aspects,” read the plea filed by ED.
The agency further claimed that anticipatory bail interferes in the investigation of the crime. “It is right to say that the bail interferes in the investigation of the crime and that the court must be cautious and circumspect while exercising such powers of discriminatory nature,” the plea read.
In April, a special CBI court granted anticipatory bail to Robert Vadra and his aide Manoj Arora. The court asked them to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs. 5 lakh each and a surety of the same amount. Furthermore, the court had imposed restrictions on them whereby they cannot leave the country without permission and they also have to join the investigation when called upon by the authorities.
Mr. Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million pounds.