New Delhi: Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday alleged that there is a political witch hunt against him to tarnish his image. His reaction came days after the Enforcement Directorate had summoned him in connection with a money-laundering probe in a land scam case.
Taking it to the social media Facebook, Vadra wrote, “The political witch-hunt carries on unceasingly with government departments clearly operating on an agenda to besmirch my dignity and reputation.”
However, it is believed that Vadra Facebook post came after Christian Michel James – the alleged middleman in politically-sensitive Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal – was brought to New Delhi last night following his extradition by the UAE.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had summoned Vadra in connection with its money laundering probe in a land scam case in Rajasthan’s border city of Bikaner, officials had said last week.
In the long note, Vadra explained said he had cooperated fully with the government departments for the last four-and-a-half years and would continue to do so.
“On the last occasion they summoned me for documents, my lawyer sat there for three hours and handed over an exhaustive set of documents, yet again. It is indeed strange that I was asked for the very same documents once again even though they had already been furnished over the last few years,” he said.
Vadra also alleged that he was sent another summon within 24 hours without the agency even perusing the latest set of 600 documents supplied to it.
“My lawyer has been compelled to appear in Jaipur once more today (no surprise that this is just two days before the polling in Rajasthan). The authorities know perfectly well that there is no case to proceed against me,” he said.
Vadra claimed that the authorities wanted to create another “media circus” to distract the public.
“This is nothing but a politically motivated, malicious and baseless prosecution. The truth will prevail someday. It always does,” he added.
The central probe agency had registered a criminal case under the PMLA in the matter in 2015. The Rajasthan government had cancelled the mutation of 374.44 hectares of land after the land department claimed to have found that the allotments were made in the names of “illegal private persons”.
Vadra is embroiled in another similar case in Gurugram in which FIR was filed against him, DLF and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at Kherki Daula police station for a 2008 land deal.