New Delhi, May 30: The Ministry of Finance is currently probing whether a controversial arms dealer bought a “benami” or proxy-owned mansion in London for Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in 2009. The inquiry in this matter was initiated after it was revealed that Robert Vadra and his executive assistant, Manoj Arora exchanged several emails with controversial defence dealer Sanjay Bhandari.Also Read - Amarinder Calls Sidhu 'Dangerous Man', Says Will Fight Toe And Nail To Stop Him From Becoming Party's Face
Enforcement agencies that raided 18 premises owned by Sanjay Bhandari last month stated in its two preliminary reports that Robert Vadra and his executive assistant sent several emails discussing payments and renovations for the London home (12 Ellerton House, Bryanston Square) bought for 19 lakh GBP (19 crores) in October 2009 and sold in June 2010, reported NDTV. Vadra and Arora sent several emails to Sumit Chadda, a relative of Mr Bhandari’s based in London. (ALSO READ: Kirit Somaiya levels fresh charges, says Rahul Gandhi, Robert Vadra have started new scheme) Also Read - Mayawati Says 'Poll Gimmick' as Charanjit Singh Channi Takes Oath as Punjab's First Dalit Sikh CM
“Sanjay Bhandari was specifically questioned whether Robert Vadra was the beneficiary of the sale of the Bryanston Square property in London. He did not deny the same but avoided a direct answer by stating that he would he able to confirm it by referring it to sale deed kept with his lawyer in London,” one of the reports stated. Also Read - After Punjab, All Eyes on Rajasthan And Chhattigarh Leadership
“There was an email dated 4.04.2010 in which Sumit Chadda reported the progress of work of renovation and repair work to Robert Vadra and asked for reimbursement of expenses,” said the report. The report further quotes Vadra replying to Chadda saying “He would look into the issue” and added that his “secretary” Manoj will be “in touch”.
Sanjay Bhandari, the owner of Offset India Solutions (OIS), is currently being investigated for financial violations linked to 35 suspected shell companies between 2009 and 2014. In 2014, Intelligence Bureau advised Defence Ministry not to sign any deal with Bhandari, however his company OIS won a deal to supply parts for 38 combat aircraft that India is buying from Dassault Aviation.
Robert Vadra is under the lens of investigators for his controversial land deal in Haryana. The probe is under-way to find out whether Vadra used political influence to get special discounts and other benefits. Vadra has been denying all the charges against him calling it political vendetta by ruling BJP.