New Delhi: Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, has been called by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for another round of questioning on Saturday in connection with a money laundering case. The businessman was quizzed by the ED sleuths for more than five hours on Wednesday and for over nine hours on Thursday.
In the second round of questioning on Thursday, Vadra was confronted with his mails that were exchanged with Sumit Chadha, a relative of absconding arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. He arrived at the ED office in Jamnagar House in central Delhi in an SUV at about 11.25 am, about an hour after his team of lawyers reached there.
He was grilled for five-and-a half hours for the first time in the case on Wednesday. His lawyer said Wednesday night that Vadra had replied to every question put to him.
Congress Attacks PM Narendra Modi Over ED Quizzing Vadra
The Congress on Thursday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Robert Vadra’s questioning by the ED, alleging he was ‘blinded by revenge’ and taking out his anger fearing an ‘imminent defeat’ in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi is blinded by revenge. Prime minister Modi is taking out his anger due to the imminent defeat in the upcoming polls,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
“False cases on opposition leaders and their families are being registered… The whole country knows that since 2012 there has been a conspiracy against Robert Vadra by Modi and BJP. Seven years have gone by, but no evidence has been found against Robert Vadra or his associates,” he added.
ED Case Against Vadra
The ED case against Vadra relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property located at 12, Bryanston Square worth 1.9 million GBP (British pounds), which is allegedly owned by him.
The agency has told a Delhi court that it has received information about various new properties in London which belong to Vadra. These include two houses, one worth 5 million GBP and the other valued at 4 million GBP, six other flats and more properties.
Vadra has denied the allegations of possessing illegal foreign assets and termed them a political witch hunt against him. He said he was being “hounded and harassed” to subserve political ends.