New Delhi: Robert Vadra arrived at Enforcement Directorate (ED) office on Wednesday for being questioned in the money laundering case linked to purchase of his London-based property. On Tuesday, Vadra had skipped his scheduled appearance before the ED citing bad health, officials said. Also Read - Priyanka Gandhi to Isolate Herself After Husband Robert Vadra Tests Positive For COVID-19
He reached the ED’s office at Jamnagar House in central Delhi at about 10.30 AM along with his lawyers, they said. Also Read - CBI Arrests ED Employee For Posing As Enforcement Officer, Seeking Bribe
Vadra’s lawyers had informed the investigating officer (IO) of the case yesterday that his client was unwell and hence wouldn’t be unable to join the probe for a day. They had said the businessman may appear either on Wednesday or on a mutually decided date later this week. Also Read - ED Attaches Rs 130 Crore Assets of Hyderabad-based Musaddilal Jewellers & Others in Demonetisation Case
Vadra was questioned by the ED in the money laundering case for nearly 23 hours for over three days of deposition earlier this month.
He has been asked by a Delhi court to cooperate in the probe being conducted by the central probe agency. 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 had told the court that it had 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 as a political witch hunt against him. He said he was being “hounded and harassed” to subserve political ends.
Vadra’s statement is being recorded under Section 50 (powers of authorities regarding summons, production of documents and to give evidence) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
(With agency inputs)