New Delhi: Businessman Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi has left the Enforcement Directorate (ED) headquarters after being questioned for about 2 hours in connection with the money laundering case. According to the reports, he has been asked to appear before Enforcement Directorate, Jaipur office on February 12. Vadra appeared before the ED headquarters in Jamnagar House in central Delhi for the second round of questioning at around 11:25 am, about an hour after his team of lawyers.
On Wednesday, Vadra was questioned by ED for about five-and-a half hours in its money laundering probe into alleged possession of illegal foreign assets, days after he was directed by a city court to appear before the central probe agency.His wife and newly appointed Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi had accompanied him in a white Toyota Land Cruiser and dropped him outside the ED’s office in Jamnagar House, a move seen as sending a political message to grand old party’s opponents ahead of general elections. “He is my husband, he is my family…I support my family,” Priyanka said in a show of support to Vadra.
Vadra left the office at about 9:40 PM alone in the same car in which Priyanka had dropped him. His lawyer said Vadra has replied to every question that was put to him. “All charges against him are wrong. We will cooperate with the agency 100 per cent. He will come whenever he is called,” Suman Jyoti Khaitan, his lawyer told reporters outside the ED office.
Following this, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lambasted the Narendra Modi-led Union government and alleged that the government was deliberately doing it ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.
Furthermore, she asserted that the ruling party won’t be able to scare the Opposition by the tactics of sending notices ‘casually to everybody’. “There is no serious case, nothing, just sending the notice casually to everybody. All the Opposition parties are united. They (Centre) are doing it deliberately right now at the time of elections. We will approach the Election Commission also in this regard,” the TMC chief stated at the state secretariat.
Banerjee also said she would be in Delhi next Wednesday and Thursday, where the Opposition parties would make a decision on their future course of action.